Some capital city residents are getting access to farm fresh food months after two grocery stores closed in their area. The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle of Raleigh is operating a weekly food stand in a church parking lot.
The Raleigh Area Development Authority is helping to fund the shuttle's effort to keep the southeast part of the city from turning into a "food desert". Cindy Sink is a spokeswoman with the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. She says the food stand adds to ongoing efforts.
"We have an urban age educator who is training people in the community to grow their own food for their own consumption but also as micro-enterprise as a way to teach them the skills that they can actually turn into a way of producing income," Sink says.
The food stand will operate on Saturdays through the end of October. The fruits and vegetables sold at the stand are being provided by farmers who come from the Southeast Raleigh area.