Cincinnati Officials Trying to End “Food Deserts” in City

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Officials in Cincinnati are trying to end “food deserts” in low-income areas by offering incentives to keep and attract grocers.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines food deserts as areas where a substantial number of residents live in poverty and have limited access to nutritious, affordable food options.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Grocery Attraction Pilot Program is aimed at bringing new retailers to the city and supporting existing grocers.

The program would provide tax abatements for businesses that would help reduce operating expenses and waive the annual city food service permit fee for up to five years.

Officials say parts of Avondale, Bond Hill and Evanston are among areas that have a strong need for increased access to healthy foods.