Many of us take grocery stores for granted. We see them on our commutes home or we live within an easy walk or drive and also likely have a place near our workplaces that we can run to as well.
In some areas, this is not the case. A food desert is an area where at least 1/3 of the area’s residents are over a mile from the grocery store, and over 20% live below the poverty line. As grocery stores start to make smaller profits, they become more likely to leave those areas, leaving individuals with fewer resources for healthy food options. Individuals also have to travel for longer distances in order to get the food that they need, making it more challenging to access healthy foods. When grocery stores close, the closings can turn the surrounding area into a food desert.