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Wed January 19, 2011
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Food Deserts in Chattanooga

Food Deserts in Chattanooga

Monessa Guilfoil

Chattanooga, TN – Residents in Downtown Chattanooga's Westside have been working with Chattanooga Organized for Action to bring in a grocery store to serve the 3500 residents there. Gloria Griffith, a resident of the Westside says that many of the residents are senior citizens and disabled without the mobility to walk to the nearest Buehler's Food Market downtown.

Retired Minister, Leroy Griffith says that Buehler's Market has a "heart of gold" but being limited by space, cannot meet all of the special dietary needs of residents. The Griffiths work with Angel Food Ministries to deliver food to citizens when funds are low at the end of the month but since the Dollar General closed on the Westside, residents have no nearby access to groceries.