This Whole 'Food Desert' Thing? Maybe That's Not the Problem
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|Actually, it's not quite like this.|
But maybe we're misdirecting our efforts. According to a new survey Share Our Strength conducted with low-income families, having access to fresh fruits and vegetables may not be as much of a problem as having enough time and money to cook them.
The data reflects what my husband, Brent Cunningham, and I saw while reporting for six months in Huntington, West Virginia. Among the families we followed, the very poorest was the one most likely to cook healthy meals at home. But it required intense planning and basic cooking skills. The families least likely to eat well were the ones who, frankly, didn't have to. They had enough money to swing by Burger King for dinner on the way home instead of cooking family meals and eating leftovers.