10 New Nevada Supermarkets But None in Food Desert Areas
LAS VEGAS (AP) — An Associated Press analysis reveals that none of the 10 new supermarkets in Nevada landed in the designated food deserts that most need access to fresh food.
The pledge four years ago to open or expand 1,500 stores in neighborhoods across the country with no supermarkets by 2016 came as part of Michelle Obama's healthy eating initiative. But federal food stamp data reveals that it's only happened in a fraction of those areas.
In Nevada, communities designated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as food deserts, or neighborhoods without supermarkets, were scattered across the state, including in parts of Clark, Washoe, Nye, Elko, Douglas, Lyon, White Pine and Inyo counties. The new markets in Nevada opened in Clark, Washoe and Douglas counties but none were in a food desert.