What's the problem?
Food deserts are urban areas in which residents have minimal access to affordable, high-quality, fresh food. Across the nation, nearly 30 million Americans reside within a food desert. Philadelphia, by comparison, has around 600,000 residents living in food deserts, with the densest disparities in south, west, and northeast Philadelphia. While Philadelphia is the fifth most populous city in the US, large parts of the city still have difficulty obtaining healthy food within a reasonable distance from their homes, which is about a half of a mile. Furthermore, a clear correlation between socioeconomic status and grocery store location density exists in Philadelphia: current grocery stores are clearly clustered around more affluent areas of the city, while many of the impoverished regions with high unemployment rates have no grocery stores at all. Therefore, we must promote affordable methods of bringing quality food into the homes of struggling Philadelphians. Food deserts in Philly have garnered some attention recently: a nonprofit dedicated to improving food access in Philadelphia, called The Food Trust, has helped bring a 56% drop between 2005 and 2013 in city residents without access to healthy food options.