Hey Area: Where is the best place for fresh produce in East Oakland with WIC vouchers? | KALW

Hey Area: Where is the best place for fresh produce in East Oakland with WIC vouchers?

Jul 30, 2018

Studies have shown that proper nutrition can help improve health outcomes and lower healthcare costs. However, starting healthy eating habits can be challenging for any new family, and for low-income families in the East Oakland flatlands, which has long been considered a food desert, that challenge is even harder to overcome. Through our crowd-sourced journalism project, Hey Area, one listener asked, "Where is the best place in East Oakland to buy fresh produce with WIC vouchers?"

WIC is a federally funded Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. Food vouchers from the program help low-income families buy fresh fruits and vegetables.

To find the best options for families enrolled in WIC, Oakland Voices reporter Tony Daquipa hit the streets.

This story is a collaboration between KALW and Oakland Voices, a program that trains East Bay residents to tell the stories of their neighborhoods.