Even in the suburbs, I knew folks that barely left their homes; didn’t shop past Joe’s. Sometimes it was due to being somewhat invalid, or handicapped, , sometimes just due to being socially awkward and uncomfortable going past certain areas.
Sometimes neighbors did shopping for neighbors when they couldn’t travel much; they’d have a car but it never moved. just sat there.
But again, not a food desert there. However, I can easily easily imagine just FEW minor things different, and where I grew up could’ve fallen into that category.
As much as those little old ladies or men in those houses barely got out much, I _know_ there’s more of that in the eastern side of Elizabeth, NJ, #15 in the “Food Desert” designation in New Jersey. I doubt they leave their apartments much at all unless they must; crime rates and such as they are; If they shop they’d have to leave someone home to watch so they couldn’t be long.