For Many Of Us, This Is No Big Deal. We Have It. But For Others, It's ... Well, You Just Gotta Watch.
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This is Courtney. Like you and me, she shops for her food at a grocery store. But there's one really big difference.

It takes her over two hours to travel there and back. She uses the bus. That's a lotta schlep.

Like lots of people in the U.S., Courtney can't take fresh groceries for granted.

23.5 million people in our country live in food deserts — places where people living on lower incomes do not have good-quality, low-cost produce nearby (within one mile for an urban area or 10 miles for a rural area). If that doesn't sound tough to you, then you probably don't have kids, do have good transportation, and have always had enough money to eat out.

There are food deserts all over our country:

It isn't just that these people don't have good-quality, affordable food nearby, but often they live in areas full of small convenience stores selling heavily processed, high-salt, high-sugar snack foods.

Um, not a good combination. That means hungry people see this...

...instead of this:

There's good news for Courtney's neighborhood though.

"Having a store in my neighborhood would be wonderful," she says. She's pretty happy to hear about The Food Trust's plans to provide support and funding for grocers who want to open a store in underserved neighborhoods.

Dwayne Boudreaux's New Orleans grocery store has been closed for over eight years. The Food Trust is helping him reopen his market.

Food access is also about building a great community where people want to live. Having access to healthy food is just one piece of building a better life, along with having the time and know-how to feed a family in a healthy way, good education, reliable and affordable housing, and feeling safe.

Watch here to learn more about Courtney's story and all the other things the Food Trust is doing to create better neighborhoods where people want to live.

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Davina Agudelo was born in Miami, Florida, but she grew up in Medellín, Colombia.

"I am so grateful for my upbringing in Colombia, surrounded by mountains and mango trees, and for my Colombian family," Agudelo says. "Colombia is the place where I learned what's truly essential in life." It's also where she found her passion for the arts.

While she was growing up, Colombia was going through a violent drug war, and Agudelo turned to literature, theater, singing, and creative writing as a refuge. "Journaling became a sacred practice, where I could leave on the page my dreams & longings as well as my joy and sadness," she says. "During those years, poetry came to me naturally. My grandfather was a poet and though I never met him, maybe there is a little bit of his love for poetry within me."

In 1998, when she left her home and everyone she loved and moved to California, the arts continued to be her solace and comfort. She got her bachelor's degree in theater arts before getting certified in journalism at UCLA. It was there she realized the need to create a media platform that highlighted the positive contributions of LatinX in the US.

"I know the power that storytelling and writing our own stories have and how creative writing can aid us in our own transformation."

In 2012, she started Alegría Magazine and it was a great success. Later, she refurbished a van into a mobile bookstore to celebrate Latin American and LatinX indie authors and poets, while also encouraging children's reading and writing in low-income communities across Southern California.

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Everyone has heard stories of the strange and intense food cravings women get when pregnant. There's the pregnant woman who had to have dill pickles dipped in ice cream or the one who couldn't make it through the night without a bucket of a specific type of fried chicken.

Researchers have yet to lock down the exact reason why pregnant women have these seemingly unnatural cravings, but there are a few reasons that are often cited. Women who are pregnant experience heightened senses of smell and taste that can have a direct effect on their appetites.

Some researchers believe their bodies may be craving specific nutrients they need for a healthy pregnancy. Others have suggested that dietary requests at odd hours may be a way for a pregnant person to develop a supportive bond with their partner before the baby arrives.

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