Dispatch 105: The Great Food Divide (Saybrook UnBound)

We recently released this article, highlighting the importance of addressing food access and insecurity. Furthermore, this article gets at the heart of why Saybrook U is important today as ever before: empowering students to create a better thus advancing scholarship and practice that advance principles around justice, humaneness, and sustainability. Here is a snippet with the full article link here and below:

elcome to America, where there are more than 38,500 grocery stores, the unemployment rate sits at its lowest level since 1969, and 77 percent of the population is equipped with smartphones—yet 23.5 million people live in food deserts, areas with no easy access to fresh food options. With so much abundance, job growth, and technology in the U.S., one would think a problem as simple as food accessibility would be eradicated by now.

It’s not.

To qualify as a food desert, at least 500 people or 33 percent of the census tract’s population must reside more than one mile away from a supermarket or large grocery store. For people living in food deserts, this can often mean a three-hour roundtrip to the store, as residents lack their own form of transportation. With their food options severely limited by what local stores like corner stores, bodegas, or liquor shops stock, food culture becomes one of convenience and cost. According to the USDA, this can lead to the residents having nutritionally poor diets that can lead to diabetes, obesity, and heart disease at astronomical rates.

Read the full article here.