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Relief sought for food deserts

June 13, 2012

When you think about Catawba County, deserts aren’t the first things that come to mind.

However, they are here — in one way or another.

The far ends of the county are populated by small food deserts, or areas that aren’t in close proximity to fresh produce.

Food deserts are urban neighborhoods and rural towns without ready access to fresh, healthy and affordable food, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Instead of supermarkets and grocery stores, these communities may have no food access or are served only by fast food restaurants and convenience stores that offer few healthy, affordable food options.

In Catawba County, there are several small communities located more than eight or nine miles from the nearest grocery store. With limited transportation options for those people, access to healthy foods can become an issue.

To read more of this story, pick up the Thursday print edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.


Reply to backbone

June 19, 2012 by SWISSBYNATURE (not verified), 2 years 44 weeks ago
Comment: 1136

I see that ONE allowed backbone (redacted) back to make his usual Republican, "no idea of the real world" comments. Sad day!!

OK so what do you want me to do about it?

June 18, 2012 by Backbone (not verified), 2 years 44 weeks ago
Comment: 1133

How about they get off their lazy butts and grows some vegetables and learn how to can, preserve or freeze them like my mother and grandmother did. Oh and this is total commie BS dreamed up by Michelle Obama.

Every welfare king or queen in this county sees to find a Wal Mart anytime they need it, so they have just as much access to fresh foods as I do, whether they eat it or not is NOT MY PROBLEM!

I am really getting tired of the Government creating problems where they don't exist!

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