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.
This story was made as part of a collaboration between KALW and Oakland Voices, a program that trains East Bay residents to tell the stories of their neighborhoods. It originally aired in July of 2018.