Map of the Week: D.C. Food Deserts | American Geographical Society

July 16, 2020
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On July 16, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Food access in D.C is deeply connected to poverty and transportation, was cited by the American Geographical Society:

In Washington D.C., food insecurity is no new phenomenon. D.C. is broken down into eight wards, shown on the map to the right. D.C. Policy Center reported that over 75 percent of food deserts amass in Wards 7 and 8 alone.

The map below, created by D.C. Policy Center, shows grocery store locations as points and food deserts as shaded areas. There are only 4 grocery stores in total between Wards 7 and 8. (New data from opendata.dc.gov suggests that one more grocery store has opened up in Ward 7 as of 2020).

Read more: Map of the Week: D.C. Food Deserts | American Geographical Society

Related: Food access in D.C is deeply connected to poverty and transportation | D.C. Policy Center

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