Need for grocery in Lower Ninth Ward demonstrated in makeshift store

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Posted on October 19, 2012 at 8:56 AM

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NEW ORLEANS - Since Hurricane Katrina, the Lower Ninth Ward has been an area long considered to be a food desert.

The closest grocery store is three and a half miles away in St. Bernard Parish, and many people who live in the area do not have transportation.

"It's very important. It's well needed, because those of us that don't have vehicles, we either have to travel to St. Bernard Parish to make groceries or outside of what's across the canal. We really, really desperately need a grocery store over here," said Wyquila Kent, a Lower Ninth Ward resident.

Vendors and locals are teaming up to make a statement concerning the neighborhood's need for a grocery store.

The "Grocery Store for a Day" event will create a makeshift store in the parking lot of All Souls Episcopal Church on St. Claude Avenue.

Food vendors, cooking demonstrations and a children's corner will be present at the event.

It will offer residents an opportunity to but affordable, fresh food.

The event, happening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is expected to draw 500 people.

For more information, visit http://www.foodday.org/12203/grocery_store_for_a_day.

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