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Task Force Formed to Address Houston ‘Food Deserts’ [Listen]

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Supermarkets play a vital role in providing healthy food to Texas residents, yet in some communities residents face difficulty accessing a grocery store.

Despite being one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas, Houston has fewer supermarkets per capita than most major cities.   Dr. Bob Sanborn with Children-at-Risk says areas where it’s hard to access grocery stores are called “food deserts.”

Sanborn says that’s why a Houston grocery access task force was formed.  The 40-member task force is now out with a report calling on state and local leaders to increase access to healthy and affordable foods in these so-called “food desert” areas.

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