Food Desert- noun. A Subdivision of a state in a urban setting with little or no access to a grocery store.
I would like the main focus of my blog to discuss topics surrounding Food Deserts within Washington, DC. However, a few blog may address Food Deserts in general.
Over the summer I volunteered at Arcadia, whose mission is “…dedicated to creating a more equitable and sustainable local food system in the Washington, DC area (http://arcadiafood.org/)” Growing up in the Southeast Quadrant of Washington, DC I was unaware of the term ‘food desert’. As a child, I did not realize that my parents traveled a further distance to supply groceries for our household because we did not have a Grocery Store in our neighborhood. However, within my neighborhood you can find 2 McDonalds, 3 gas stations, smaller “ironic grocery stores”, and at least 7 liquor stores. “Ironic Grocery Stores” are stores similar to 7- 11, stores the sell candy, pastries, soda……. My neighborhood is home to several elementary schools, 1 middle school, and 1 high school. I now know that I am not the only person stranded within a food desert. Food deserts can be found throughout the United States of America.