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Big businesses are finally cracking the food desert crisis

from Good Food

Food accessibility is one of America's most pressing issues. An estimated 5.8 million households, according to a 2009 Agriculture Department study cited by The New York Times, and up to 29 million people, live more than a half mile from a supermarket and don't have access to a vehicle. The lack of food security alone has been a proven factor in the road to poor health. This problem is compounded by the income inequality gap: About 45 million Americans are living below the poverty line and rely on SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, to help themselves and their families eat. A new pilot program announced Jan. 5 is looking to one relatively new sector of the food supply chain to possibly ease accessibility issues in impoverished food environments: online grocers. more


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