The problem you might be experiencing or someone else in your neighborhood in United States. A food desert is what it’s called and it’s an issue many people in many certain areas experiencing. People in this area having a hard time finding decent healthy food with nutrition in their local grocery stores because there isn’t one close by.
Hunger is common in a food deserts and the lack of fresh food makes it harder for residents to get nutrition they need. In food desert by Jennifer Wehunt, there was a statement saying “An estimated64,000 households in food deserts don’t have cars, so a weekly shopping trip can require cobbling together a multibus route.” meaning people who live in food desert most likely are poor to afford vehicles.
It’s important to understand that building grocery stores in this neighborhoods is not that easy as you think. Majority of people who live in food desert are African Americans and it hard for supermarkets start business in those areas due some reasons.
One of few reasons is high crime rate happens in food desert, of course most business owners don’t want their stores stolen stuff or robbed by criminals, but that’sjust theory most people have. In reality it’s just gambling that you have to take to operate business and most owners are not willing to take that risk.The government official on article “food stamp” mention about living on low budget and how hard it is to find healthy food for that low price. The governor tried tolive off 5 dollars per day for 5 days, which is amount of food stamps. However while hewas shopping, he realized that you can’t get anything decently healthy for 5 dollars.
The reason he tried to live off on short cash is to stimulate the people that experiencing hunger, which they try to survive on food stamps. The similarities between article “food stamp” and article “food desert” is that people hungry and can’t get decently healthy food and it’s harder for them to access healthy food. Affording and accessing food are different things, but they are similar problems for people who live in food desert. Even fast food places are closer than grocery stores in food desert “American blocks travel the farthest on average to reach any type of grocery store—0.59 miles as opposed to
0.39 miles for majority-white blocks or 0.36 miles for Latinos—but they must travel twice as far to reach a grocery store as a fast-food restaurant.”People who live in food desert most likely have low income and no vehicle of transportation in order them to travel to grocery stores. The research shows that most African Americans provide money for supermarkets and they says “If you analyze the data, you’ll see that is coming from African American communities. So why not bring a store into a community that’s already providing your income?”, but they still won’t open up grocery stores in those area.
They won’t even give proper explanation why they are refusing to open. But now and then there is store that planning to open up in food desert, “but they might take some time” officials say.For people who depend on food stamps, it is impossible for them to eat healthy and nutritious food. Food stamps are only 5 dollars each day for person, and it’s not easy to healthy on 5 dollars and that’s 25 dollars for 5 days.
The only thing you can from store is for $24.80 ramen noodles, a loaf of bread, an eight-pack of eggs, two bags of frozen vegetables, a small chicken, two boxes of onion soup mix, four apples, anorange, a box of yellow rice and two cans of tuna.The types of people affected by hunger and food desert are African Americans,Hispanics and some whites. It’s most likely due high crime rates and illegal stuff done bythose people.
The closes food vendor you gonna get in food desert is like safeway offered meyers, which doesn’t provide fresh food like supermarkets and they only havechips and other unhealthy food. Fast food restaurants are closer than grocery stores and that’s what makes people decision to eat fast food for dinner and be unhealthy. Opening a new supermarket could help most people in food desert to eat healthy andmake their life easier by making travel time less, but business owners don’t like to takea risk of low sales and crimes.
The reason discussing about food desert, accessing and affording decent food is to raise awareness of how hard it is to get healthy food in food desert and how less affordable they are. Eating nutritious food is vital to your body andit makes you live longer. In conclusion it’s hard for people in food desert and people eating by food stamp to access healthy food. Eating healthy food makes your body function better and makes you immune to mostly bad stuff. The government must be increase food stamp value inorder to let people buy healthier food. In current food stamp value you get cheap canned food, few vegetables which is good but not enough and cheap meat.
By increasing value of stamp people can eat healthy and it makes people productive.Instead of using all tax money on useless stuff like military, it should be spent on helping to eliminate hunger. For supermarkets, they should start building one in food deserts to make people’s life easier by getting access to fresh and local food at close range from their homes. People in food desert having hard time to reach the supermarkets and building one in area, it could make their life so much easier. If no action is taken, it’s
still hard for them to go to the supermarket and people depending on food stamp less likely to buy healthy food due its price range, that means people are going to eat less healthy,less healthy eating means more obesity and people are gonna get numerous diseases and die sooner than average person.