I hope everyone is doing well and having a nice week.
The Senate and House have made a great deal of progress during their negotiations and we hope to have a budget soon. After the budget is passed, we still have a few policy matters to handle, but should be out of session shortly after.
Question of the Week
Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond to last week’s question about the amount of time the legislature should be in session. Everyone agreed that the legislature should have a limit, either set dates or a number of days , to be in session. I completely agree with you! I am ready to go home and spend some time on the farm. Hopefully we will wrap up the budget and get out of session soon.
For this week’s question, I would like to get your opinion on food deserts. First, do you know what a food desert is?
A food desert is defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a low-income census tract in which at least 33 percent or a minimum of 500 people live more than a mile from a supermarket or grocery store in urban areas, or 10 miles from a supermarket or grocery store in rural areas.
Second, do you believe you live in food desert given the definition above?
I look forward to hearing from you.
Brent Jackson is a N.C. senator representing District 10, which includes Sampson, Duplin and Johnston counties.