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Baltimore’s ‘Food Deserts’ Highlighted on Radio Show

The Center for a Livable Future’s Anne Palmer, manager of the Center’s Eating for the Future Program, joined Dr. Sara Bleich, assistant professor of health policy and management at the Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, on a Baltimore radio program yesterday to discuss ‘food deserts.”

 The program, on the WYPR Radio Midday show, also featured Kim Trent of the Office of the Governor of Michigan, who discussed Neighborhood Food Movers, a fresh food delivery program that serves Detroit. The program was aired in recognition of September as National Food Desert Awareness Month. The Center has been active in sponsoring research around food desert issues.

A food desert is a large geographic area with no or distant grocery stores. Often, food deserts have an imbalance of food choice, meaning more selections of nearby "fringe" food options such as fast food, convenience stores, and liquor stores. While these communities lack mainstream grocers, many do have community assets, disposable income, appropriate sites for sustainable grocery stores, and talented community leaders working to improve healthy food options.

Read more about food deserts. Some Baltimore area supermarkets are embracing the presence of illegal hack cabs to get food delivered to area residents. An article in the Baltimore Sun discusses the issue.