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MAKE GROCERIES With Us @ Grocery Store For-A-Day in the Lower 9, Saturday, Oct. 20!

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Join us at Grocery Store For-A-Day, coming Saturday Oct. 20th @ All Souls Church in the Lower Ninth Ward!

In association with National Food Day, the Lower Ninth Ward Food Access Coalition is hosting a Grocery Store For-A-Day event in the Lower 9th Ward. The event will feature a “pop-up” grocery store, providing a unique opportunity for people to “make groceries” in the Lower 9th Ward, which currently has no grocery store and is considered a “food desert.” What's a food desert? According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), people in urban communities of 500 or more who live more than one mile from a supermarket or large grocery store. Otherwise, they are considered living in "food deserts." Gone are the many corner stores and local grocers and backyard gardens pre-Katrina. Today, the closest full service grocery store available to the Lower 9 is about 3.5 miles away in St. Bernard Parish. More than 30 percent of Lower 9 residents do not have access to transportation to get to that grocery store.

With this event, the Coalition aims to draw attention to the Lower 9th Ward's “food desert” status. Within this special all-day, 'pop-up' grocery store, Lower 9 residents will be able to shop through 3 aisles of grocery products AND 2 produce displays! Fill up a grocery bag and give a donation. By bringing people together for the grocery store experience, food, fun and dialogue, we will be able to spotlight the need in this segment of New Orleans - a city known as a food capital in this country, yet many residents do not have access to fresh, affordable food.

What is National Food Day? National Food Day is a national grassroots mobilization aimed at promoting healthy, sustainable, affordable and just food systems in America.

A GROCERY STORE FOR-A-DAY

WHEN: October 20, 2012 10am-5pm
WHERE: All Souls Church at 5500 St. Claude Avenue @ Caffin Avenue
WHAT: Grocery Store For-A-Day event

Interested in learning more, or getting involved? Contact Jenga Mwendo at foodsecurity@sustainthenine.org or (504) 994-7745 or Beverly Jackson at (504) 324-9955.