Baltimore targets ‘food deserts’

Sharon Franklin of Odenton, center, shopping with her granddaughter Sahmia Brown, lower left, opted for fruit and vegetables during a visit to Lexington Market. (Amy Davis/Baltimore Sun) Sharon Franklin of Odenton, center, shopping with her granddaughter Sahmia Brown, lower left, opted for fruit and vegetables during a visit to Lexington Market. (Amy Davis/Baltimore Sun)

Sharon Franklin of Odenton, center, shopping with her granddaughter Sahmia Brown, lower left, opted for fruit and vegetables during a visit to Lexington Market. (Amy Davis/Baltimore Sun)

More than a third of Baltimore neighborhoods don’t have ready access to healthy foods, leaving one in five residents to rely on high-fat, high-calorie meals from corner stores and carryout restaurants, a new assessment shows.

City, academic and nonprofit officials have worked for years to eliminate so-called “food deserts,” but they say the latest data from Johns Hopkins University researchers shows the scope of the problem and where good food options are most urgently needed.

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