That's the number of Chicagoans who live in a food desert, according to new data released exclusively to the Chicago Tribune. Although the number has fallen significantly since the first report on Chicago's food deserts was done back in 2006, researcher Mari Gallagher told the newspaper that the figure was still quite high.
"You can fill (U.S.) Cellular Field 10 times over with the food desert population," Gallagher told the Tribune. "To a great degree, these families that are in low-access areas endure the problem over generations and it has a compounded health effect."
The updated numbers on food deserts in the Windy City comes one week after Mayor Rahm Emanuel held a meeting with major grocery chains about addressing the lack of access residents of certain communities have to fresh produce and other healthy foods. Read more »