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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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.