Bringing Food to the People

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Cover Design Credit:

Anna Whitley

Cover Photography Credit:

Cindy Kunst
A blend of economics, failed federal programs and changing politics has left many Asheville residents stranded in food deserts — communities lacking resources for affordable, healthy food. Xpress looks at the history and modern reality of food deserts, and talks to locals working to alleviate the problem.


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