March 20, 2014, MinnPost
By Cynthia Boyd
Social-welfare experts have long assumed poor people, hampered by transportation difficulties, grocery-shop close to home at small corner groceries or convenience stores — “food deserts” that mostly offer high-sugar, highly processed, less-nutritious foods.
Inner city neighborhoods, particularly, have worried public-health officials who want to expand the availability of nutritious foods for low-income families.
But fresh research from the University of Minnesota, while far from suggesting that food deserts aren’t a problem, does indicate that lower-income Minnesotans who receive government aid to put food on the table go the distance for their food buys. Continue reading