food deserts

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Lyft and the city of Atlanta have announced a partnership to fight food deserts.

As part of a six-month pilot program, the rideshare company will provide transportation to certain grocery stores for 300 families living in food deserts. The program kicks off May 1. 

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Thousands of Savannah residents don’t have easy access to fresh, nutritious foods. They live in food deserts, which are areas where people live more than a mile from a large grocery store. Savannah has several such areas, according to a recent Savannah Morning News investigation.

Reporter Brittini Ray spoke with GPB's Emily Jones.

Courtesy: United States Department of Agriculture

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formally known as SNAP, was created in 1939 to help Americans who earn little or no money to buy food. In 2008, congressional leaders placed food programs like SNAP in the farm bill. That's when food assistance was seen as a largely urban issue. 

The idea was to encourage lawmakers with districts in cities to support rural agriculture. The SNAP map has since shifted. New U.S. Department of Agriculture numbers show SNAP participation is now highest in rural areas.

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There’s a little dirt path leading from Pio Nono Avenue to what until not too long ago was a Kroger grocery store. The store’s closed now.


One morning before the closure, Shon Williams walked down the path, headed toward her apartment. Like a lot of people in this neighborhood, she can afford groceries, but she can’t afford a car.

Photo courtesy of Browns Mill

Last year, Atlanta chose land to be used for the city’s first Community Food Forest. The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability hopes Browns Mill Food Forest will help reduce food deserts and bring wider awareness of sustainable urban agriculture. We talk about the forest with Mario Cambardella, Urban Agriculture Director for the City of Atlanta.