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What grocery stores look like in food deserts, where people live in 'nutritional wastelands'

INSIDER Logo By Kristin Salaky of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 14: 
  Food deserts, or 
  low-income areas that lack easy access to grocery stores, are
  rampant across the US.

  At least 
  23.5 million Americans live in these food deserts, where
  grocery stores are located more than a mile away, according to
  the USDA. That means the people who live in these areas often
  don't have easy access to fresh produce and rely on processed and
  pre-packaged food to get by. Many people who have dietary
  restrictions may not be able to get easy access to food they can
  eat. 

  You can see a visual representation on the Food Desert Locator
  Map, which 
  was last updated in 2017, but we also rounded up some photos
  of what it's actually like to live in a food desert, as well as
  the lengths people have to go to get access to healthy foods.

Food deserts, or low-income areas that lack easy access to grocery stores, are rampant across the US.

At least 23.5 million Americans live in these food deserts, where grocery stores are located more than a mile away, according to the USDA. That means the people who live in these areas often don't have easy access to fresh produce and rely on processed and pre-packaged food to get by. Many people who have dietary restrictions may not be able to get easy access to food they can eat.

You can see a visual representation on the Food Desert Locator Map, which was last updated in 2017, but we also rounded up some photos of what it's actually like to live in a food desert, as well as the lengths people have to go to get access to healthy foods.

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Editor's note: Throughout the month of May, MSN Causes and MSN Food & Drink are putting a spotlight on the issue of food deserts. We hope to raise awareness around the lack of access to nutritious and affordable foods many Americans face, connect people in affected areas to resources that can help, and enable others to get involved. Look for the Action Buttons within these articles to find out ways you can make a difference in your community.

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