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Syracuse's Food Desert

From: Kate Szrom
Length: 04:36

The city of Syracuse, NY, has a food desert -- a lack of grocery stores that sell fresh produce -- which leaves residents to corner stores and packaged foods. Read the full description.

Default-piece-image-1 The city of Syracuse, NY, has a food desert -- a lack of grocery stores that sell fresh produce -- which leaves residents to corner stores and packaged foods.

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Broadcast History

Originally aired on WAER in Syracuse.

Transcript

TRACK: Grocery shopping is usually a chore. For some more than others.

ACT1 (Mable): I would have to take a bus from the front of the building.. and then go downtown, transfer from that bus, to get on another bus...When you add it all up, it takes almost 2-and-a-half hours to get your food...So so far my daughter helps me. Sometimes she doesn't feel like she wants to give me a ride so I gotta pay some of the people that live in the building to give me a ride...so it's kinda hard.

TRACK: There aren't any grocery stores in Mable Wilson's neighborhood on the South side of Syracuse. There are corner stores –- which sell unhealthy food at higher prices.

ACT2 (Perreault): And they don't want lettuce or apples or something that will go bad on them.

TRACK: That's geographer and Syracuse University professor Tom Perreault(PUR-roe). He calls the South side a «classic food desert.»

ACT3 (Pe...
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