Galveston: Healthier After Disaster?
Photo: Jason Kane/NewsHour
Some hurricane-damaged shops decided to stay shuttered after Ike, including this Arlan's supermarket on 25th Street in Galveston. The store was a staple for low-income residents in the eastern section of the island, especially those who rely on food stamps and WIC. Its closure meant the vast majority of Galvestonians no longer had access to fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy within a half mile. By that definition, much of the island is a "food desert."