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What's Being Done to Help NJ's Food Deserts?

Mar 12, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines food deserts as low-income areas where more than a third of the population does not have easy access to fresh food... In New Brunswick, Cara Cuite, an assistant extension specialist at Rutgers Co-Operative Extension, says local stores, commonly known as corner stores, are where many of the city's residents shop. "So the big question is, how do you get these stores to have more fresh food for sale?" The answer has been the Healthy Corner Store Initiative, a local program sponsored in part by Rutgers Co-Operative Extension and the New Brunswick Food Alliance. The program offers displays, recipes and educational materials to encourage shopkeepers to sell more fresh foods and shoppers to purchase these items.


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