On Saturday, Oct. 20, the residents of the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans hope to emerge from their “food desert”, a designation given to them by urban planners and the U.S. Department of Agriculture because they lack a grocery story within one mile of the historic neighborhood. (USDA has put together a map of food deserts in the U.S., based on census data).
Event organizers would like food vendors and donors to take the trip with them. The lack of a Lower 9 grocery store is a condition which existed long before the devastating hurricanes of 2005 destroyed most of the area’s homes and businesses, according to event organizers.
The Lower Ninth Ward Food Access Coalition, a project of the Center
for Sustainable Engagement and Development (CSED), hopes to feature a
stocked grocery store for-a-day at the corner of Caffin and St. Claude
Avenues on Oct. 20, and allow 500 families to walk away with a real
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