October 29, 2019
Food is essential for everyday life. There are different types of food in New York. You can find food in different neighborhoods including Little Italy, Chinatown, and etc. Food is a major part of cultures and social practices. It brings people together as a whole. For the last three years since I have been back in the South Bronx I have noticed one thing and that is the lack of supermarkets in the neighborhood I live in. The lack of supermarkets leaves the residents to buy food from bodegas or corner stores. The reason there is a shortage is because the South Bronx is in poverty. Supermarkets tend to be large and can take up half a city block. There is less space in the neighborhoods of the South Bronx to build supermarkets without making the residents there homeless or pushing them out of the borough. The one supermarket in my neighborhood is near the projects and everything in there is overpriced, so people can’t afford to buy healthy foods for their families. South Bronx has the largest supplier of produce right in Hunts Point and it feeds the region with 80% of fresh produce and 40% of its fresh meats, but the residents aren’t receiving it because the neighborhood has so little supermarkets. The Bronx is considered a food desert since it’s lacking the access to healthy and affordable foods. This has been an ongoing problem for more than 10 years and it needs to be fixed.