Researching Public Law and Public Policy in the Public Interest

Food Scarcity and Inequality of Access: A Strategic Legal Approach to Community-Facing Services Addressing the Food Dessert Phenomenon

2014-2015 Equity + Opportunity Studies Fellow, Center on Law in Metropolitan Equity 

ABSTRACT: Food scarcity is a problem throughout the United States, but particularly acute within the urban ecosystem. As a result of mid-20th century urban flight, many urban supermarkets have followed the dollar, leaving urban communities- predominantly communities of color- underserved by traditional grocery retailers. To address this, I explore the idea of creating a sustainable nonprofit/for-profit partnership that can harness the strengths of both sectors to forge an enduring and duplicable hybrid solution to inequitable access.  

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