The USDA says much of Lansing is covered by a “food desert,” when in fact there are many small grocers, farmers markets and other ways to get food. Still, food access advocates say Lansing could use the help.

Justin A. Hinkley | The Lansing State Journal

LANSING — Scattered segments of Michigan, including portions of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties are considered “food deserts,” by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, because of the limited access to grocery stores and fresh fruit and vegetables.

But state Rep. Andy Schor, D-Lansing, hopes to reverse that trend with economic incentives for grocery stories to locate in underserved areas.

“We have a lot of places, especially in dense areas, where they don’t have small grocery stores,” he said. “We’re seeing a lack of those in our cities and people want walk ability when they move to these areas.”

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