Mia Santino, Kaitlyn Kazazian
Food deserts affect the ability to obtain an adequate diet. Research shows that the decline in rural farms had led to the increase in food deserts. This new concept of growing food has created problems for rural older adults like creating food insecurity- such as eating toast, tea, or nothing at all. That adversely leads to health problems for them, affecting their functionality, healthcare costs, and overall quality of their life. Many have tried to solve this issue by reaching out to government officials, however attempts to create change have gone unsuccessful.
This study was conducted so that teacher’s could understand their student’s food access. This itself gives insight into the social classes of the students presented throughout six rural elementary schools Illinois. It was said that “Children who live in rural food deserts have increased needs for school-based interventions aimed at increasing fruit and vegetable intake” (Smith, 2019). Due to supplies and finding, these were some barriers to the growing season. They recommended further funding for school gardens.
This source discusses the food deserts presented in a multi-ethnic suburban neighborhood. Healthy and affordable food options are often under-reported, and many of these ethnic and specialty food stores offset the lack of grocery stores in providing healthy and affordable options. This demonstrates the social classes between those who have access to high-quality, healthy options, vs those who do not.
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