How Food Deserts Impact Black Youths Education

This post was originally published on Word In Black.

By: Brianna Patt

Food deserts appear to be hindering the success of Black students in both a K-12 environment and at home.

Food Deserts and the Black Community 

In a 2021 study conducted by Naydia B. Rowe titled, “Food Deserts and Faulty Foundations: How Urban Food Deserts Impact Childhood Development and Education.” In it, Rowe states that in the United States, over 10% of households with children are food insecure. In another study conducted by Colon-Ramos in 2018, it was found that the majority of Black caregivers lived in neighborhoods with only one grocery store, with their local market described as small and packed. Caregivers in Washington D.C. also pointed out the differences between their neighborhood grocery stores and those in more wealthy neighborhoods, observing that they are often better stocked than those in their local market. These food deserts extend into and continue to be prevalent throughout the South Dallas area, with District 8 councilmember Terrell Atkins stating in an April article that Redbrd residents have been hoping for a grocery store for quite some time.

“The people at Redbird have been hoping for a grocery store for two decades,” Atkins said to KERA.

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