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The Illinois Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights submits ...

The Illinois Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights submits this report, “Food Deserts in Chicago,” as part of its responsibility to examine and report on civil rights issues in Illinois under the jurisdiction of the Commission. The Committee has been monitoring the issue of health disparities in Chicago for several years and this report is the
culmination of research. At the start of this project, it did not take long to realize that many Chicago neighborhoods are considered food deserts because of the difficulty residents of these areas have in accessing fresh, nutritious foods, in particular fruits and vegetables. Of note to this Committee is the fact that these food desert neighborhoods are almost exclusively in African American neighborhoods. Therefore,
the problem of food deserts in Chicago is not simply a public health issue, but an urgent civil rights
issue. This report treats it as such.

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