Food deserts are areas where residents have limited or no access to reliable supplies of fresh and healthy food in grocery stores and food markets. In cities, food deserts generally are associated with low income neighborhoods. In rural areas they are generally found where resident have limited or no access to automobiles and/or public transportation. Studies link food deserts with poorer overall health and a reliance on fast food and highly processed snack foods.
(Oshkosh food desert courtesy of www.ers.usda.gov)