NC legislators to issue report on food deserts

Apr. 21, 2014 @ 11:30 AM

A legislative committee plans to issue its recommendations on how to deal with food deserts, areas that have limited access to grocery stores.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported the House Committee on Food Desert Zones plans to release recommendations Monday on how to help communities that lack grocery stores. The Legislature created the committee after Kroger closed two stores in southeast Raleigh last year.

One possibility is getting convenience stores to sell fresh fruits and vegetables and other healthier food.

In an urban area, a food desert is defined as any places where residents live more than a mile away from a grocery store. In rural areas, a food desert means living 10 miles or more from a grocery store.