Englewood is one of many food deserts in Chicago, geographical areas with little or no access to fresh food. Food deserts are linked with diet-related illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease, with low-income African American neighborhoods being the most disadvantaged, according to Mari Gallagher, a Chicago-based researcher.
According to the City of Chicago, the number of low-income Chicagoans living in these areas has declined by 21 percent, from 100,000 to little less than 80,000 in 2011. However many residents say they are still affected by their lack of access to fresh food.
Forty-nine-year-old Melinda Turner has been living in Englewood for 34 years. A single mother of nine, she struggles with the challenge of preparing daily meals for her family. This is her story.