This is the email I sent to the paper in response to the article referred to above. I didn't get a response.
I just read the article on "Latinos lack access to healthful food" in today's paper.
I am a non-Latino resident of Austin District 4, much of which is Zip code 78758.
The definition that I have previously been given for "food desert" is little access to fresh foods, especially fruit and vegetables.
Your map shows 2 grocery stores in my area. One, I can tell, is the HEB at Rundberg and North Lamar. I'm not sure what the other one is, since there hasn't been a supermarket at Lamar and Braker for many years. There is, however a Chinese Market near there.
But that is not the source of my amazement at this article. Within 10 walking minutes of my house in the southern part of district 4 there is a Target, which has a large food section, including fresh fruit and vegetables and meat. Not to the extent of an HEB, but certainly enough variety and quality to feed a family. And - just across 183, technically in District 7 but accessible to District 4, is an El Rancho Market, which is a full-scale, Latino oriented supermarket, with some of the best produce around, in great quantity. And it has a full-scale meat market with butchers at your service. There are also 2 markets named La Hacienda, one on Peyton Gin and the other on North Lamar. Both also have full-scale produce and meat sections although their square-footage doesn't make them "supermarkets."
All these serve the Latino population. There are also 2 Chinese markets of good size, and a three Halal markets that I know of that serve the Muslim population.
Also - again to me a "food desert" is somewhere that you can only shop in gas-station convenience stores, and they do exist and it is a problem. But my neighborhood is not a food desert.
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