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health care debate - Willa Sparks a mother of three lives...

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Willa Sparks, a mother of three, lives in the city of Cleveland. Although she wants what is best for her family, what is best is not always affordable. Willa lives in what is called a food desert: a district with little or no access to foods needed to maintain a healthy diet, but often served by plenty of fast food restaurants. Willa is a hard-working mom with two jobs. However, supporting a family is costly, and without healthy food options available, the family often eats fast food because it is the cheapest and most convenient option. According to data released last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 17 percent of Americans —more than 50 million people—live in households that are “food insecure,” a term that means a family sometimes runs out of money to buy food, or it sometimes runs out of food before it can get more money. Food insecurity is especially high in households headed by a single mother. It is most severe in the South, and in big cities.
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