August 29, 2013

The Food Desert: at Lafayette Foods with Charrissma

"I've never had a problem finding healthy food."

The Food Desert: Lafayette Foods

Parkway Foods, 11565 E Lafayette St, Detroit, MI 48207

Apples: $.99/pound | Bananas: $.39/pound | Oranges: $1.00 each

Community Profile for Zip Code 48207
Educational Attainment for persons older than 25-years:
Percent High School Graduate or Higher
Median Household Income
Unemployment Rate for persons age 16 years and older.
People Below Poverty Level
[15 percent lower than national rate of 93.0%]
[56 percent lower than national Median Household Income of $52,762]
[50 percent higher than the national rate of 9.6%]
[174 percent higher than the national rate of 15.0%]
Source: American Fact Finder courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau:

Interview: Charrissma Hester


Concerning the availability of healthy food in Detroit:
"Healthy food is everywhere. [As a lifelong Detroit resident] I've never had a problem finding healthy food. I especially like Eastern Market."

What would you say to someone who says Detroit is a "food desert"
I would say they've probably never actually shopped for food in Detroit.

Noah's Thoughts

After I interviewed Charrissma, I told her I wanted to take her picture. She said she doesn't usually like having her picture taken, but would let me do it, in the interest of contributing to a good cause. Speaking of...

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Noah -

Noah Stephens  founded The People of Detroit Photodocumentary in April 2010 as a counterpoint to media fixated on despair and disrepair in the storied birthplace of American auto manufacturing. Since, TPOD has received national and international attention. Portraits from the project have appeared in Bloomberg BusinessWeek and other national publications. 

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