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Food Deserts in Chicago: Demanding Fresh Markets through School Milk Programs

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Mollie Foust

Abstract

Food deserts contribute to income and racial inequality by condemning the poorest people to maintain their existing living conditions. This report first provides insight into the considerations of grocery stores when selecting new locations in low-income areas. Further, it looks specifically into the case of the Special Milk Program in the Chicago Public School District (CPS) to analyse whether the revenues from a school’s milk program, if sourced from a local grocer, could contribute significantly to the overall demand shortfall that leads to food deserts. After an evaluation of the various stakeholders, it proposes that Special Milk Program could be a potential catalyst for the eradication of food deserts even if it cannot fill the entire demand deficit in the region.

How to Cite: Foust, M., 2014. Food Deserts in Chicago: Demanding Fresh Markets through School Milk Programs. The Public Sphere: Journal of Public Policy, 2(1), pp.29–56.
Published on 01 Jan 2014.
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