University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Food deserts still a problem in Nebraska, but no easy fixes

Nebraska lawmakers are once again looking for ways to ensure residents have easy access to healthy food even though previous efforts to address the problem have failed.

The newest ideas include grant programs and incentives to promote farmers markets, but the senator who is leading the push said he doesn't see any simple fixes to eliminate food deserts in urban and rural areas.

"If there was an easy solution, we would have already done it," said Sen. Matt Hansen, whose north Lincoln district has lost several grocery stores in recent years.

Hansen said some of his constituents must rely on relatives and friends or public transportation to shop for groceries...