NJ: Assemblyman Seeks to Resolve ‘Food Desert’ Problem in Urban Areas

By John Barna | Gloucester County Times

AUDUBON — A bill to give residents of urban “food deserts”  access to fresh produce is scheduled for discussion Monday in the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.

The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Gilbert “Whip” Wilson, D-Camden, would allow private vendors to operate food trucks or similar mobile venues to sell fresh produce to underserved “food desert” communities.

Wilson said his ides would bring vendor operated mobile food vans to urban neighborhoods and would allow residents to use food vouchers and other food assistance money to pay for fresh vegetables and fruits.