The USDA estimates that more than 2 million people live in rural food deserts, or low-income communities more than 10 miles from a grocery store.
Four years ago, the last grocery store in Pilot Grove, Mo., closed its doors, turning the town into a rural food desert. The town had only a convenience store from which to bu food.
That is, until 23 community investors came together to open Tyler's Market, a fully-stocked grocery store. On the market's first day open, Pilot Grove residents gathered at the store.
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A report from the University of Missouri’s Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security shows more than one in five Missouri households with children are food insecure, meaning that they worry about not having enough food.