Studies Explore How Supermarkets Source Foods For Low-Income Customers
by Susan Kelley, Cornell Chronicle
Posted: 2018-02-06 15:54:13 EST

For the first time, Cornell researchers have analyzed where Northeast supermarkets source the foods they sell to their low-income customers.

These case studies offer policymakers a better understanding of how regional food systems could bring healthier food to low-income people in the Northeast.

“We can’t underscore enough how important these stores are for the communities that they serve, both in very rural and very urban areas,” said Miguel Gómez, co-author of the study and associate professor in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. “They’re not very important in the larger national market in terms of volume. But if they’re not there, the chances that you’ll have a food desert in these areas are high.”

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