Some healthful options available in downtown food desert

Some healthful options available in downtown food desert


ON 15TH-STREET HAS LEFT HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE DOWNTOWN LIVING IN WHAT IS CALLED A FOOD DESERT. THE U-S-D-A DEFINES FOOD DESERT AS AN AREA THAT LACKS ACCESS TO FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. KIMBERELY: ANNE MAXWELL HAS BEEN CHECKING INTO OTHER OPTIONS FOR PEOPLE IN THE AREA. SHE JOINS US LIVE FROM THE NEWSROOM. ANNE MAXWELL: THE NEIGHBORHOOD IS NOT GOING TO BE THE SAME WITHOUT KROGER, BUT THERE IS SOME HEALTHFUL FOOD TO BE FOUND IF YOU KNOW WHERE TO LOOK. ANNE MAXWELL GEORGE TRUESDELL HAS LIVED IN THE HARRISBURG AREA FOR MORE THAN 60 YEARS. GEORGE TRUESDELL /LIVES IN HARRISBURG SO I REMEMBER WHEN THEY FIRST BUILT THAT KROGER STORE THERE. IT WAS A BIG HELP FOR THE NEIGHBORHOOD. ANNE MAXWELL: THAT WAS 35 YEARS AGO. NOW THE KROGER HAS SHUTTERED ITS DOORS, AND PEOPLE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD ARE BACK TO SQUARE ONE. AND IT’S NOT JUST PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN HARRISBURG– BUT ALL OF DOWNTOWN AUGUSTA. LACK OF ACCESS TO FOOD HITS ESPECIALLY HARD IN POOR NEIGHBOODS LIKE HARRISBURG GEORGE TRUESDELL /LIVES IN HARRISBURG WHAT PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD DON’T HAVE TRANSPORTATION? THEY’VE GOT TO WALK OF TAKE THE BUS– I WOULD SAY 85 PERCENT. ANNE MAXWELL: FOOD PANTRIES SERVE THE COMMUNITY, BUT GEORGE SAYS THE HOURS CAN BE INCONVENIENT AND DON’T OFFER ENOUGH FRUIT AND VEGETABLES GEORGE TRUESDELL /LIVES IN HARRISBURG THAT’S THE MAIN THING, FRESH PRODUCE. A LOT OF THESE FOOD PANTRIES, THEY OFFER MORE CANNED GOODS THAN FRESH PRODUCE ANNE MAXWELL: BUT THERE IS A NEIGHBORHOOD STORE OFFERING HEALTHFUL OPTIONS THAT MAY SURPRISE PEOPLE: LANIER’S MEAT MARKET. WAYNE LANIER/OWNER, LANIER’S MEAT MARKET WE HAVE A LOT OF VEGETABLES. WHEN THE GROWING SEASON STARTS, WE HAVE FRESH VEGETABLES FROM GEORGIA. FRESH PEAS, TOMATOES, EVERYTHING.THE WHOLE KIND THE SEASON IS ANNE MAXWELL: WAYNE SAYS THEY FREEZE THEM AFTER THE SEASON, BUT STUDIES SHOW THAT FROZEN FOODS ARE ABOUT AS HEALTHFUL AS FRESH FOODS. LANIER’S DELIVERS TO CUSTOMERS WHO DON’T HAVE TRANSPORTATION. THEY’LL ALSO PAY FOR THEIR BUS FARE. WAYNE LANIER/OWNER, LANIER’S MEAT MARKET I’D DO ANYTHING THAT I CAN TO HELP TAKE CARE OF THE COMMUNITY. ANNE MAXWELL: GEORGE SAYS HE APPRECIATES LANIER’S, BUT IT’S SPECIALITY IS MEAT– AND EVEN WITH FROZEN OPTIONS, KROGER’S DEPARTURE LEAVES A VOID. GEORGE TRUESDELL/LANIER’S MEAT MARKET PATRON THERE’S NOTHING LIKE COMING AND GET YOUR OWN FRESH COLLARD GREENS, YOUR OWN FRESH CORN AND GO HOME AND MAKE A DECENT MEAL ANNE MAXWELL:ANOTHE R THING PEOPLE IN THE AREA CAN DO IS ORDER FOOD DIRECTLY ONLINE FROM LOCAL FARMERS. THAT’S THROUGH A PROGRAM CALLED AUGUSTA LOCALLY GROWN– I’LL POST MORE INFO ON THAT ON OUR WEBSITE WJBF-DOT-COM KIMBERELY:

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