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The Effects of Hurricane Katrina on Food Access Disparities in New Orleans

D Rose; JN Bodor; JC Rice; CM Swalm; PL Hutchinson
American Journal of Public Health

March 1, 2011

Disparities in neighborhood food access are well documented, but little research exists on how shocks influence such disparities. We examined neighborhood food access in New Orleans at 3 time points: before Hurricane Katrina (2004-2005), in 2007, and in 2009. We combined existing directories with on-the-ground verification and geographic information system mapping to assess supermarket counts in the entire city. Existing disparities for African American neighborhoods worsened after the storm. Although improvements have been made, by 2009 disparities were no better than prestorm levels