When Food Deserts Lose Their Only Source of Balanced Nutrition

Family Dollar storefront in Downtown Memphis with “Store Closing” sign, spring 2021
The Family Dollar location in Downtown Memphis, TN, shortly before it closed permanently in 2021. It had to be temporarily closed in 2014 due to a rodent infestation. Photo by author.

What if you had no way to get the food you needed to live, at prices which you could afford?

Most of you reading this have access to a big-box or at least a medium-sized grocery…



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