It's near closing time at the Flint Farmers' Market, and the aisles of fruits and vegetables are nearly empty.
But in a banquet room on the other side of the building, families are pouring in for Light Up the Night, a free event put on by the Early Childhood Development Center at the University of Michigan-Flint.
There's an idea that's taken hold in the past few years about why it is that poor people, on average, eat less healthy food and have higher rates of obesity. The idea is simply that people in neighborhoods marked by poverty lack access to healthy food choices. Somewhere along the way (most likely starting in the U.K.) a person with an ear for good marketing decided to label these kinds of neighborhoods "food deserts."
Now, there's even a public service announcement dedicated to ending food deserts in the U.S.