Macon Food Story, Chapter 7: What is a food desert?

In certain areas, people have a harder time getting healthy, nutritious food.

Usually found in impoverished communities, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) says a food desert is an area without access to fresh fruit, vegetables and other whole foods.

This is largely due to a lack of grocery stores, farmers markets and healthy food providers.

USDA maps show many parts of Central Georgia as food deserts.

One of them is located in Roberta. When the only grocery store closed, people in Crawford County lost their one dependable source for fresh food.

Farmers from around the county stepped in to pick up the slack.

Read the full story here.