In 2010, a UNC Charlotte research team led by Dr. Elizabeth Racine conducted a Mecklenburg County Community Food Assessment for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Food Policy Council. The results of Phase 1 of that study (posted on this website in September 2010) looked at the presence or absence of food stores in Mecklenburg’s Census Block Groups and the relationship of that availability to various health indicators.
In this, Phase 2 of the research, the focus is on the perception of food access among residents in these food deserts and an analysis of restaurants across all areas of Mecklenburg County (Revised version received 7/19/2011).
To read the Executive Summary of findings: Download PDF
Elizabeth Racine is an assistant professor at UNC Charlotte in the Department of Health and Human Services. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Qingfang Wang is an adjunct professor at UNC Charlotte in the Geography Department. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.