Understanding Access to Grocery Stores in Food Deserts in Baltimore City

As American cities have seen a change in land uses in urban areas, with stores moving to suburban areas increasing the reliance on cars, many urban areas are left with a lack of accessible quality food options. These “food desert” locations, where residents lack both access and sufficient economic resources to purchase healthy food, result in health disparities for residents in these communities. Decades of population loss in Baltimore have resulted in nearly one in four residents living in food deserts. The objective of this project is two-fold: (1) determine a food desert score or metric that takes into account public transportation access as well as vehicle ownership and (2) understand how people who live in food deserts access grocery stores.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $59959
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    U.S. Department of Transportation

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Urban Mobility & Equity Center

    Morgan State University
    Baltimore, MD  United States  21251
  • Project Managers:

    Tucker-Thomas, Dawn

  • Performing Organizations:

    Morgan State University

    1700 E. Coldspring Lane
    Baltimore, Maryland  United States  21251
  • Principal Investigators:

    Chavis, Celeste

    Jones, Anita

  • Start Date: 20170601
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190930
  • Actual Completion Date: 20201021
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01637697
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Urban Mobility & Equity Center
  • Contract Numbers: 69A43551747123
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jun 2 2017 3:29PM