Getting a handle on hunger
Even in the midst of some of the most fertile farm land in the country, Jacqui Hebein had some sobering statistics about the state of food security in DeKalb County.
“We are in a food desert in most of DeKalb County,” Hebein, field representative for Northern Illinois Food Bank, said earlier this month. “Ninety-five-point-four percent of people who live in DeKalb County have low access to food.”
The United States Department of Agriculture defines a food desert as “urban neighborhoods and rural towns without ready access to fresh, healthy and affordable food. Instead of supermarkets and grocery stores, these communities may have no food access or are served only by fast food restaurants and convenience stores that offer few healthy, affordable food options.”
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