(WGN-AM)- Chicago's so-called food deserts, low-income areas that lack easy access to grocery stores, have shrunk a bit in the last three years, according to a report released Thursday.
But the city's food deserts are still vast, covering 609,000 Chicago residents, according to the study by the Mari Gallagher Research and Consulting Group.
Since 2006, a new grocer, Food 4 Less, moved into West Englewood, affecting 307 blocks and roughly 40,000 people, the report found. But Chatham lost a Cub Foods outlet and a Dominick's store, reducing food access for nearly 142 blocks and about 16,000 people.
However, a Food 4 Less recently opened in Chatham, Gallagher said, but it was after data had been collected for the study.
(The Chicago Tribune contributed to this story)
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City's Food Deserts Shrinking, But Far From Gone
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