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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