HICKORY: Legislator to discuss food deserts - Local news, weather, sports Savannah | WSAV On Your Side

NC legislator to discuss food deserts

Posted: Updated:
HICKORY, N.C. -

A legislator will speak about a study committee's work on food deserts when he meets with a coalition that advocates healthy lifestyles.

Rep. Edgar Starnes will speak Thursday to members of the N.C. Alliance for Health and its partners. They'll meet Thursday evening at the Hickory Foundation YMCA.

Starnes is co-chair of the House Study Committee on Food Desert Zones.

The U.S. Agriculture Department defines a food desert as "a low-income census tract in which at least 33 percent or a minimum of 500 people live more than a mile from a supermarket or grocery store in urban areas, or 10 miles from a supermarket or grocery store in rural areas."

North Carolina has more than 170 food deserts in 57 counties, affecting almost 32 percent of state residents.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Durham teen charged in Aug. 9 murder

    Durham teen charged in Aug. 9 murder

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 2:42 PM EDT2014-08-27 18:42:43 GMT
    A 16-year-old has been charged with murder in connection with the Aug. 9 shooting of a man in Durham.
    A 16-year-old has been charged with murder in connection with the Aug. 9 shooting of a man in Durham.
  • Boston Marathon bombing victim marries his nurse

    Boston Marathon bombing victim marries his nurse

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 2:39 PM EDT2014-08-27 18:39:07 GMT
    If something good could come out of the Boston Marathon bombing, James Costello and Krista D'Agostino seem to have found it.
    If something good could come out of the Boston Marathon bombing, James Costello and Krista D'Agostino seem to have found it.
  • US official warns Ebola outbreak will get worse

    US official warns Ebola outbreak will get worse

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 2:29 PM EDT2014-08-27 18:29:07 GMT
    A senior adviser to Sierra Leone's president says a third doctor has died from Ebola, marking a setback in the country's fight against the virulent disease.
    A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as a leading American health official warned that the outbreak sweeping West Africa would get worse before it gets better.
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Effingham County Siblings Arrested, Charged with Incest

    Effingham County Siblings Arrested, Charged with Incest

    The sheriff's office says they two were caught in semi-truck in a parking lot across for Effingham High School on Tuesday. 
    The sheriff's office says they two were caught in semi-truck in a parking lot across for Effingham High School on Tuesday. 
  • UPDATE: NC adult party 'mansion' owner convicted in tax fraud scheme

    UPDATE: NC adult party 'mansion' owner convicted in tax fraud scheme

    Wednesday, June 19 2013 7:29 PM EDT2013-06-19 23:29:02 GMT
    Residents of a North Raleigh neighborhood say they fear leaving their homes because a neighbor uses her "Mansion" as an "adult, for-profit club." A Wake County Superior Court judge issued a restraining
    Residents of a North Raleigh neighborhood say they fear leaving their homes because a neighbor uses her "Mansion" as an "adult, for-profit club." A Wake County Superior Court judge issued a restraining
  • 4 college students killed in Ohio plane crash

    4 college students killed in Ohio plane crash

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 2:19 PM EDT2014-08-26 18:19:30 GMT
    School officials say the three passengers killed in a fiery plane crashing Ohio were members of the varsity wrestling team for Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
    School officials say the three passengers killed in a fiery plane crashing Ohio were members of the varsity wrestling team for Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
Powered by WorldNow

1430 East Victory Drive
Savannah, GA 31404

Telephone: 912.651.0300
Fax: 912.651.0320
Email: newsemailalert@wsav.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.