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Food stand to offer produce in southeast Raleigh

Posted August 29, 2013

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— The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle will begin operating a produce stand in southeast Raleigh this weekend.

The Raleigh Area Development Authority, a nonprofit that fosters development in southeast Raleigh, picked the organization to fill a void after Kroger closed a supermarket in the area in January, officials said.

Southeast Raleigh is recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a "food desert," an urban low-income area where the poverty rate is at least 20 percent and at least 33 percent of residents have low access to a supermarket or large grocery store.

The produce stand will operate 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through October at Mount Peace Baptist Church, at at 1601 Martin Luther King Blvd, offering fruits and vegetables grown by local farmers and organic produce harvested from the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Teaching Farm.

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  • blkmamba Sep 3, 2013

    Kroger's prices were too high for the area. They knew that going in. When things didn't work out as planned, the shopping center being a bust, they left! I never went inside that Kroger, just a bad area with way too much foot traffic.

  • cxbrame Sep 3, 2013

    djofraleigh, rural and urban food deserts have different standards for the distance to grocery stores. This is factored in typically with the county's poverty level. Therefore, Wake County's food deserts won't be the same as Lenoir County.

  • jaybird2974 Aug 30, 2013

    Really...Cane Girl Forever?

  • PJM Aug 30, 2013

    Well stated doodle do!!!!!!

  • Canes Girl Forever Aug 30, 2013

    I don't blame the groceries stores for leaving. Those are some scary places over there!

  • Billy the Kid Aug 30, 2013

    The residents made it a food desert. You can have a nice area full of poor people. It's that darn personal responsibility and moral compass thing again.....

  • stanleygstevens2 Aug 30, 2013

    The reason the grocery stores all left was because of massive theft. Even kroger acknowledged that when asked why they were moving.

  • Lovey Aug 29, 2013

    Thanks so much.

  • mfarmer1 Aug 29, 2013

    you better get a permit.

  • djofraleigh Aug 29, 2013

    That's right at where the Kroger was. There are, and have been, Food Lions 1 mile south on Rock Quarry, 1¼ mile north on Raleigh Blvd, and 1½ miles east on Poole Rd. All on the bus line, including the new market.

    If that's all it takes to be a desert, then there are deserts though out the rural parts of very county in NC.

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