Demand Responsive Delivery of Food in Baltimore City Food Deserts

Food deserts exist in Baltimore City and access to healthy foods is particularly difficult and costly for disadvantaged urban residents. Grocery stores are few and far between. Shoppers depend on corner stores with limited food selections and/or pay for “hacks” (extralegal taxis) for infrequent shopping trips. Food delivery through grocery stores and for-profit delivery services are costly and inconsistent in the city. Urban residents require secure, time sensitive and precise delivery services. This study will identify technological options for demand responsive food delivery, autonomous shuttles and drones, and build business models and optimized logistical systems for food delivery by non-profit groups. Simulations, sensitivity analyses and life-cycle costing will evaluate the various options to reach recommendations.


  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $40000
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    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
  • Performing Organizations:

    Morgan State University

    1700 E. Cold Spring Lane
    Baltimore, MD 21251, Maryland  United States  21251
  • Principal Investigators:

    Shin, Hyeon-Shic

  • Start Date: 20190601
  • Expected Completion Date: 20210330
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01704425
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Urban Mobility & Equity Center
  • Contract Numbers: 69A43551747123
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: May 6 2019 4:04PM