Food Deserts

Combating food deserts
9:54 pm
Sun April 20, 2014

To Offset Loss Of Grocery Stores, City Tries Alternate Tactics

After the Schnucks on North Grand closes, there will be just one Schucks serving the north side of the city.
Credit (via Flickr/KOMUnews/Mike Anderson)

Last week, Schnucks announced it was closing its store on Grand Boulevard in north St. Louis. The closure adds to the "food desert" in that part of the city. However, there are several programs in St. Louis that are attempting to make it easier for people to have access to fresh, healthy food. The map above shows some of the full-service grocery stores in St. Louis. The Schnucks that is closing is the large circle.

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Old North Store
5:00 am
Thu December 26, 2013

High Prices, Limited Selection Shuttered Food Co-op In Old North

Business was brisk when the Old North Grocery Co-op opened.
Credit File Photo | Rachel Heidenry | Beacon

The business district of the Old North neighborhood, near 14th Street and St. Louis Ave., is still a work in progress. New enterprises include a pet shop and a podiatrist’s office, but old ones continue to close. One recent casualty was the Old North Grocery Co-op. After opening with a lively neighborhood celebration in the summer of 2010, the co-op quietly locked its doors in mid-October.

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5:00 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Finding Fresh Food Solutions Beyond The Food Deserts Of St. Louis

Despite offering fresh fruits and vegetables to customers, foot traffic is generally slow at the Old North Food Co-op.
Erin Williams St. Louis Public Radio

According to the Food and Drug Administration, the definition for the term "food desert" is  "urban neighborhoods and rural towns without ready access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food," meaning that, in a lower income community a grocery store is more than a mile away. Depending on where you live in St. Louis, it may seem that there's a grocery store on every corner.

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