A food desert is known as an area that has limited access to affordable and accessible food, and the residents in St. Anthony Park live in one. This research study explored how the food desert in St. Anthony Park affects section 8 housing residents, as well as viable solutions to eliminating it. The researcher mostly used surveying and google research. She found that the residents in St. Anthony Park are negatively affected by living in a food desert, and putting in a food shelf or grocery store would be beneficial to residents of St. Anthony Park.
Living in a food desert makes it hard for people to access healthy and affordable food. This is a problem because eating unhealthy food can lead to many health consequences. The study done shows that section 8 housing residents are negatively affected by living in a food desert. Based off the research, District 12 should collaborate with other district councils to help tackle food needs in St. Paul. The research conducted also found that low-income residents in the Twin Cities have more access to healthy foods because of the many local food pantries available to them. The researcher recommends that St. Anthony Park put in a local food shelf that will benefit a large portion of St. Anthony Park residents. The researcher also recommends that further research be done to try and put in a local grocery store, such as a Cub Foods or an Aldi’s, that will benefit all of St. Anthony residents.
Conducted on behalf of The Saint Anthony Park Community Council. Supported by the Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program, a program of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) at the University of Minnesota.
The Food Desert in St. Anthony Park.
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