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The community that surrounds Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI is an official food desert, a USDA distinction for areas that lack a full-service grocery store within a one-mile radius and are predominately low-income . Many of these folks are Latino.
Marquette students and a local church are hoping to do something to change this.
An editorial in the school paper calls for the University to turn the former home of Campus Dollar, a now vacant building, into a grocery store.
The author makes the case that:
“If Marquette is serious about working to get a grocery store in the neighborhood, the empty 4,000 square feet would be a good place to start. If the university would be willing to subsidize rent initially to attract grocery tenants to the space, profitability concerns may lessen.”