Of Dallas’ 1.2 million residents, some 450,000 live in the system of food apartheid — pockets within the city where supermarkets do not exist within a one-mile radius of neighborhoods.
These neighborhoods are not white.
Dallas Free Press is taking an in-depth look into why these neighborhoods don’t have grocery stores and what solutions community members are working toward to keep their hungry neighbors healthy.
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