Food deserts are hot. About 23.5 million people in the U.S. live in these low-income, urban and rural communities that are more than one mile from a supermarket or large grocery store, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Many food deserts have languished for decades without ready access to fresh foods, largely overlooked by the media, the government and the food industry. But a blend of factors — including a successful Pennsylvania store financing program, the growing problem ...

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