POSTED: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 11:33am
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 11:44am
Longview, TX — Michael Williams waited at a Longview Transit bus stop Monday afternoon with two bags and a backpack full of groceries. Williams, who cannot drive, was waiting for the bus to take him back to his home near an area labeled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a food desert.
To get to the grocery store, he catches a ride from a neighbor or family member, or rides the city bus to the stop on High Street in front of Super 1 Foods. Once a month he buys an all-day pass and makes as many trips as needed to buy all of his groceries.
Williams lives near one of three local tracts identified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service as food deserts. Three are in Gregg County, one in Rusk County.
Read more  from the Longview News-Journal.