Wards 7 and 8 have only four grocery stores between them (up from three in 2018), meaning that each grocery store serves tens of thousands of people. This is double any other ward of the District. Thanks to hard work by food access advocates, local leaders, and more there are now three more grocery stores in the pipeline in wards 7 and 8. Still, even once those are operational there will still be gaps in grocery access, particularly in ward 8.
For more information, visit the DC Food Policy Council site.