National Geographic : 2014 Aug
0mi 5 0km 5 l45 l45 l69 l69 l10 n610 n610 n610 59 290 225 g288 90 8 8 8 8 Houston Spring 85 natgeofood.com The Future of Hunger in America Looking for a Decent Meal Stranded in a Food Desert Tens of thousands of people in Houston and in other parts of the U.S . live in what’s called a food desert: Their homes are more than half a mile from a supermarket, and they don’t own a car, because of poverty, illness, or age. Public transportation may not fill the gap. How do they get nutritious food? Small neighborhood mar- kets or fast-food restaurants may be within walking distance but may not accept food vouchers. And if they do, they may charge more and offer fewer nutritious options than supermarkets. VIRGINIA W. MASON AND JASON TREAT, NGM STAFF SOURCES: USDA; CITY OF HOUSTON; U.S. CENSUS BUREAU 500 100 250 City of Houston 500 100 250 Households lacking a car and located more than half a mile from a supermarket Dark orange: Households in neigh- borhoods with the greatest poverty 43,000 households in Houston, Texas, have no car and are more than a half mile from a supermarket.