food desert http://kalw.org en Library serves more than just books http://kalw.org/post/library-serves-more-just-books <p></p><p>The 81<sup>st</sup> Avenue Library is the newest public library in Oakland. It has a sleek, modern exterior - unexpected angles and large green-tinted windows. Inside, it is just as modern - not just in its architecture or amenities, but in the programs it provides for the community.&nbsp; The 81<sup>st</sup> Avenue Library hosts unexpected events like “Game Nights,” for teenagers (substituting Play Station 3s for Monopoly), and offers Zumba classes every Saturday. It is also the school library for the two charter schools next door—ACORN Woodland and EnCompass Academy. Plus, it's the only public library in Oakland that can boast a café.</p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 00:53:08 +0000 Megan Susman 38689 at http://kalw.org Library serves more than just books San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley to get first grocery store in decades http://kalw.org/post/san-francisco-s-visitacion-valley-get-first-grocery-store-decades <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Almost </span><a href="http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/err-economic-research-report/err143.aspx#.UrCw9mRDuGo" style="line-height: 1.5;">30 million</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Americans live a mile or more away from a supermarket. That may not sound very far, but for the five million plus who don’t have cars, that distance can mean the difference between eating a healthy meal and getting fast food.</span></p><p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 00:55:52 +0000 Audrey Dilling 38139 at http://kalw.org San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley to get first grocery store in decades Turning a healthy corner in the Bayview http://kalw.org/post/turning-healthy-corner-bayview <p></p><p>San Francisco is known as a Mecca for conscious foodies – with organic farmers markets, gourmet food trucks, and six Whole Foods supermarkets within the seven-by-seven square-mile city limits. But this abundance doesn’t reach everyone. In a lot of low-income areas, it can be difficult to find fresh and healthy food.</p><p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 20:08:58 +0000 Jen Chien 25619 at http://kalw.org Turning a healthy corner in the Bayview