ERROR: Macro njDefaultArticleHeader is missing!

Apparently, Parsippany is a food desert

By

Back to Top Comments Email Print

Latest News

Hackensack Meridian Health opens medical-surgical suite in Brick

By Mario Marroquin
September 22, 2017 12:43 PM

The Hackensack Meridian Health Ocean Medical Center recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new 36,000-square-foot medical-surgical floor in Brick. CONTINUE READING

Zelis Healthcare announces new additions to leadership team

By Emily Bader
September 22, 2017 12:06 PM

Bedminster-based Zelis Healthcare, a health care information technology company, announced Friday three new additions to its executive team. CONTINUE READING

advertisement

G.S. Wilcox secures financing for apartment complex in New Windsor

By Mario Marroquin
September 21, 2017 01:35 PM

Real estate banking firm G.S. Wilcox & Co. recently announced it secured a $43 million loan for a newly constructed, 270-unit apartment complex in New Windsor, New York. CONTINUE READING

MYOS RENS Technology Inc. appoints CEO

By Emily Bader
September 21, 2017 01:18 PM

MYOS RENS Technology Inc., a Cedar Knoll-based biotherapeutics and bionutrition company, announced it has appointed Joseph Mannello its new CEO. CONTINUE READING

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates appoints new COO

By Emily Bader
September 21, 2017 11:18 AM

Madison-based Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC announced it has appointed Julie Leonhardt LaTorre as chief operating officer. CONTINUE READING

Monmouth Real Estate acquires industrial building for $18.3M

By Emily Bader
September 20, 2017 12:21 PM

Freehold-based Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corp. announced Tuesday it has acquired a 298,472-square-foot industrial building located in Kenton, Ohio for $18.30 million. CONTINUE READING

Overlook Foundation names new executive director

By Emily Bader
September 20, 2017 11:49 AM

Summit-based Overlook Foundation announced recently that Clelia Biamonti has been named its new executive director. CONTINUE READING

advertisement

The term “food desert” got a lot of play earlier this year, with the federal government focusing on the plight of areas without reliable access to fresh food, as opposed to convenience stores and fast-food joints.

It seemed like a legitimate focal point. Odds are, if you're looking to feed a family, you're better off doing it at ShopRite than you are 7-Eleven, since most grocery stores at least offer the option of fresh food, as opposed to entire aisles devoted to the lethal snacks food group.

Now, however, NJ.com has a report indicating Parsippany qualifies as a food desert. I happen to have a rooting interest in this one, as a Parsippany native, and I can tell you that nobody talks down about my hometown, unless it's me, because while I know you also complained there was nothing to do in your town when you were a teenager, believe me, your sorry 'burg was still more exciting than Parsippany, unless you liked how all the interstate highways come together.

But enough about that, unless I need to fill out the word count later on. Parsippany has three supermarkets and countless smaller fresh foods places that add some water to the desert, so to speak. Yes, they are mostly located on Route 46, and it is a big township, but for those without cars or bikes, there is bus service available to nearby locations. It seems ridiculous to include a relatively wealthy township with multiple grocery stores when you have much larger, much poorer cities like Newark that have almost nothing to offer in the way of fresh food, despite Cory Booker's endless courtship of Whole Foods.

Food deserts represent a serious problem. Lumping towns like Parsippany into the mix turns that into a punch line. I wouldn't be surprised if the town suddenly qualifies for grant money to lure a grocery store, but let's hope that money gets to neighborhoods in need, and Parsippany focuses on building a go-kart track. That would have been, like, awesome when I was 16.

I'm even more irreverent on Twitter @joe_arney.

Share This Story On:

Apparently, Parsippany is a food desert

By

Back to Top Comments Email Print

Latest News

advertisement

The term “food desert” got a lot of play earlier this year, with the federal government focusing on the plight of areas without reliable access to fresh food, as opposed to convenience stores and fast-food joints.

It seemed like a legitimate focal point. Odds are, if you're looking to feed a family, you're better off doing it at ShopRite than you are 7-Eleven, since most grocery stores at least offer the option of fresh food, as opposed to entire aisles devoted to the lethal snacks food group.

Now, however, NJ.com has a report indicating Parsippany qualifies as a food desert. I happen to have a rooting interest in this one, as a Parsippany native, and I can tell you that nobody talks down about my hometown, unless it's me, because while I know you also complained there was nothing to do in your town when you were a teenager, believe me, your sorry 'burg was still more exciting than Parsippany, unless you liked how all the interstate highways come together.

But enough about that, unless I need to fill out the word count later on. Parsippany has three supermarkets and countless smaller fresh foods places that add some water to the desert, so to speak. Yes, they are mostly located on Route 46, and it is a big township, but for those without cars or bikes, there is bus service available to nearby locations. It seems ridiculous to include a relatively wealthy township with multiple grocery stores when you have much larger, much poorer cities like Newark that have almost nothing to offer in the way of fresh food, despite Cory Booker's endless courtship of Whole Foods.

Food deserts represent a serious problem. Lumping towns like Parsippany into the mix turns that into a punch line. I wouldn't be surprised if the town suddenly qualifies for grant money to lure a grocery store, but let's hope that money gets to neighborhoods in need, and Parsippany focuses on building a go-kart track. That would have been, like, awesome when I was 16.

I'm even more irreverent on Twitter @joe_arney.

Share This Story On:
advertisement

Comments


Be the first to comment.



Please note: All comments will be reviewed and may take up to 24 hours to appear on the site.

Post Comment
     View Comment Policy
advertisement
ERROR: Macro defaultSidebar is missing!
ERROR: Macro footer_top is missing!
Back to Top