Tag Archive for Food Deserts

A Different Sort of Cart

Maria-Elizabeth got her current cart seven months ago, and it is now arrayed with a neat and colorful display of bananas, tomatoes, and oranges. It’s part of a larger collaboration between the city of Chicago and two social service organizations, Streetwise and Neighbor Capital, to promote fruit stand vendors. The program hopes to tackle two social ills at once: unemployment and food deserts.

Unlikely Oases

While food deserts remain a persistent problem in Chicago, the reality is not as grim as it seems. A report released last month contained a heartening and perhaps unexpected message: “We feel the awareness war has been won, as evidenced by this week’s arrival of our nation’s First Lady.”