Primary Source Report – CW

Title: Food Retail Stores in Newark, NJ

Link:
https://www.centerforthehumanities.org/blog/ethnography-of-food-provisioning-practices-in-newark-nj

This source contains a map of the Fairmount, Upper Roseville, Central Business District, and Ironbound in Newark in 2016. The map shows different food retail stores from convenience store , which sell junk food mostly, and supermarkets, which sell a more balanced food diet. In addition to a food demographic of the area, the map also depicts the percent of the population is below the poverty line within the four neighborhood. Notice how the neighborhoods that fall below the poverty line have no access to food around them. This map will help me show the issue of the lack of food access in some neighborhoods and the unequal amount of convenience stores and supermarkets.

Title: Key Foods Closes in Newark, NJ

Link:
https://www.pbs.org/video/njtoday-key-food-closes-newark-leaving-residents-food-desert/

This clip is from 2014 and it shows a local supermarket being closed down. City officials said that the supermarket was not doing well due to low sales. However, the News reporter was able to get in contact with the owner who says that the reason the store wasn’t doing well was due to the high rent, construction delays, and the inability to get a WIC license. The owner applied for one but there were 49 other stores ahead of him so the chances of him getting that license were slim. This can be used in my research to show that citizens are not the only ones affected by the issues surrounding food inequality but so are the owners of said stores who are trying to fill a void in a city that desperately need it.

Title: WIC Approved Stores

Link: https://www.nj.gov/health/fhs/wic/participants/find-wic-store/

After listening to the news clip I decided to do some research on the amount of stores that are approved for a WIC license. Based on the first image there is roughly 37 stores that have been approved to have a WIC license. I decided to zoom in on a neighborhood that I grew up which is known as the Roseville section to see how many stores that I used to live by accepted WIC checks. I have not visited all of the stores in the area and I have not been there in that neighborhood in a while, but from what I do remember most of the stores carried junk food, hot and cold deli sandwiches, and maybe had a section for fruit. The stores labelled Supermarkets did not always have reliable quality meat. I can remember as a child a few occasions my mom came home with meat from the Bravo Supermarket or Food Depot that just smelled rancid. She resorted to going to the Shop Rite in East Orange since the quality of food was better regulated. I can use this source to show how though WIC licenses are given to local stores the inventory of the stores are questionable to how healthy and beneficial they are.