Orlando without a car (entry 7): A food desert of my very own

Orlando without a car is a Orlando Opinion series highlighting the ultra car dependent culture of Central Florida, and how a lack of action after decades is contributing to a poor quality of life for residents.

If you’re not familiar with the concept of a “food desert” it’s when you live too far away from a resource that allows you to buy nutritious food for yourself and take care of your body. Instead, residents of food deserts will go to smaller convenience and discount stores for their needs like 7/11 and Dollar General.

It’s not the best way to live. And while you may not think you live in a food desert, ask yourself how would you get to the grocery store if you didn’t have a car in Orlando.

That’s the position I’m suddenly in. The two closest places for me to buy food are a 7/11 and a CVS. Both places have their products marked up from the price you might see from a regular grocery store and both of them are very limited in their options.

There are some stores I could “huff” it to. But then I’m limited by what I can actually carry. And then my load has to sustain the trip and the elements of my walk back. It’s very unlikely you’re eating ice cream if you don’t have a car in Orlando and unless it’s your dinner from a WaWa.

It’s really frustrating.

Some notes.

Still no apparent income options. I’m getting worried.

It rained all day yesterday. While I carry an umbrella, I still got soaked.

I’m also starting notice how much productivity I’m losing in my day. It’s safe to say you can slice almost 60 percent of it away without a car in Orlando.

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