Thursday, January 19, 2012
What Do You Find in a Food Desert?
Before embarking on this project, I was not familiar whatsoever with the term "food desert." Once I researched the definition, I realized I did know of the concept, just not the correct term. How shocking it was to realize my location bordered right along a food desert. I have realized over the past three years living on the Lawrence campus that we were not near a grocery store, but having friends with cars allowed me to ignore this fact. It was an enlightening and troubling experience to walk along Wisconsin Avenue in search of anything that could be considered affordable and nutritious. I encountered a bakery, a specialty chocolate shop, a KFC, two asian stores, and a pasty shop. I performed a preliminary internet search and discovered a food pantry, which turned out to be a Citgo with a few food items. The video I made focuses on the issues of finding food in the food desert and being overcharged, while the residents are already at a disadvantage when it comes to acquiring food. I was disheartened to discover that the supposed grocery store was really a gas station. I purchased the majority of the food with my $10 stipend at the gas station, but in order to create a complete meal, I purchased the noodles at one of the asian stores. I felt successful in my meal planning, purchasing noodles, sauce, canned beans, and canned peaches. I did not, however, feel as successful about the fact that my meal did not include any fresh foods. My video shows a few perspectives on the food desert, as well as some of the products I was able to purchase.
Posted by Sara Sheldon-Rosson at 2:19:00 AM