For the Dallas Free Press, I documented the Food Apartheid happening in Southern Dallas. The term “food deserts” emerged in the mid-2000s as social scientists and medical researchers began studying neighborhoods without access to nutritious, reasonably priced food. In Dallas, these “deserts” are located chiefly south of the Trinity River, in places that have endured the long-term effects of redlining.
“Food apartheid” is the term adopted more recently by local groups that see food insecurity resulting from systemic racism. Nearly two decades after the conversation around “food deserts” began, little has changed. The collaboration was with the Dallas Morning News & Dallas Free Press, partnering with the national Solutions Journalism Network.