ALBANY, N.Y. - For years, Mel Williams rarely ate fruit and vegetables â€" unless it came out of a can. Fresh produce was too expensive or too far away until the state-funded â€śVeggie Mobileâ€ť started bringing the fruits and vegetables to him at a lower price.
"Iâ€™m a diabetic and I have problems with my heart,â€ť the 66-year-old said. â€śThe canned stuff has so much sodium in it. So now with the fresh fruit, itâ€™s less sugar and carbohydrates and stuff.â€ť
Williams is one of millions of Americans living in a â€śfood desert,â€ť urban or rural areas unserved by a big grocery chain that can serve up fresh foods at lower costs. Heâ€™s in Troy, a former industrial city about 10 miles from New Yorkâ€™s capital.
With the rapidly climbing cost of food and fuel, states and nonprofit groups are finding ways to get healthy food to these underserved areas.
Â When the shelves are bare where can you turn?
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The above story points out just how difficult it is getting to obtain fruits and vegetables and that many communities are having to opt for delivery in "ice cream" trucks.
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