Many Douglas County residents are living in what some call “food deserts” — places where people must drive, often long distances, to large grocery stores where fresh food can be obtained at lower prices. For low-income downtown Roseburg residents and rural residents who have poor access to transportation, living in a food desert can mean the difference between eating healthy vegetables or canned chili, according to Vanessa Becker, founder and president of V Consulting in Roseburg. Rural members of local focus groups participating in research for a Community Health Assessment released this week complained of a shortage of healthy food …
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