Learning there is a lack of healthy food options in the inner cities in class this week was heartbreaking.
When I was growing up, my friends and I would meet at the local food mart after school to get little chips and snacks before we go home and eat dinner, never really taking in the fact that some people do not have access to a healthy well-rounded meal. I never really realized that supermarkets and places to get access to healthy foods are not accessible to a lot of people, especially if you do not have a means of easy transportation.
According to City Lab’s “How Fast Food Cornered the Urban Market,” fast food chains started sprouting up in the early 1950s in suburbs, but today we see them all over the place.
Why is this? This is because the fast food industry already accounted for most of the suburbs and their logical move was to start expanding to the cities. This fast food boom started in the 1970s because television advertisements were on the rise and these chains were becoming a household name.
This brings us to today, were you can find a McDonald’s way quicker than you can find any supermarket. This leaves the impoverished to have to settle for the fast food restaurant down the street versus the supermarket that is 10 minutes away. Imagine if you live in an inner city with no access to transportation close by.
Fellow classmates came up with a great idea to create a sort of “Meals on Wheels” type of delivery system, but for a reduced price — or free if possible, based on your income. If something like this could be done in cities and areas considered food deserts, this would make a huge difference in the diet and health of children in those deserts. This would also lead to children concentrating more in class and having real energy, instead of fake energy that children get from junk foods.By Tyler Jarrett