Food Deserts

Health
8:40 am
Thu June 26, 2014

The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Seeks To Feed Hungry Kids On Summer Break

The Triangle-based Inter-Faith Food Shuttle wants to deliver meals to hungry children throughout the summer.
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The Triangle-based Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is helping feed kids that aren't getting enough to eat this summer. 

Officials with the charity say about 116,000 Triangle students receive free and reduced-price lunch during the school year. They say many low-income families have trouble making up for that nutrition when kids are out of school.  

Kyle Abrams manages child hunger programs for the Food Shuttle.  He says they're trying all sorts of ways to provide for the community.

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Health
8:01 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Volunteers Quench A Raleigh Food Desert

Volunteers opened Galley Grocery on Bragg Street in Raleigh to bring fresh food to a food desert.
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People living in a southeast Raleigh neighborhood have a new place to buy groceries. 

About 18 months ago, two Kroger stores closed forcing residents of the South Park area to travel long distances to find fresh, affordable food.  Two church groups working with volunteers, opened the Galley Grocery on Bragg Street late last month. 

Ashley Lee is a member of the Hope Community Church and helped get the new venture off the ground.  She said there are still some challenges to overcome.   
 

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Health
8:44 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Report: Left Unchecked, Diabetes Will Cost NC Billions

A report from Harvard University says diabetes is a growing problem in North Carolina, and offers advice for how to prevent and treat the disease.
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A report from Harvard University says one-in-10 North Carolinians has diabetes, and that the disease will cost the state $17 billion per year by 2025.

Sarah Downer is a fellow at Harvard's Health Law and Policy Clinic. She said limited access to healthcare, nutritious foods and safe places to exercise are dangerous to communities.

North Carolina has the fifth highest rate of food insecurity, meaning people don't have regular access to nutritious meals. The state also ranks fifth for early childhood obesity.

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Politics & Government
10:13 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Food Deserts: NC Lawmakers Want More People To Know About Healthful Eating, Take More Action

State lawmakers want to bring better access to fresh foods to areas known as food deserts
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A committee from the North Carolina House of Representatives spent four months looking into how to address food deserts across the state.  Monday afternoon they made their proposals: to expand education about healthy eating and exercising habits across the state and to start a joint committee with members of the senate to continue looking at how to address the problem.

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Health
9:39 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Food Pantries On NC College Campuses: Need Is Greater Than Expected

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More universities in North Carolina are opening food pantries on campus to help hungry students and faculty. 

N.C. Central University started giving out food to its students earlier this week.  It's one of at least eight colleges and universities in the state that have opened food pantries in the last two years. 

Jason O'Briant is a dietetics professor at N.C. Central and helped start the school's pantry.  He says the need for food on college campuses is higher than expected, even for students who receive room and board.
 

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Politics & Government
7:57 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Why NC Lawmakers Want To Bring Fresh Apples And Broccoli To 400,000 People

More than 410,000 people across NC don't have easy access to fresh produce, according to a Duke study.
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North Carolina lawmakers are looking for ways they can help get fresh fruits and vegetables to corners of the state -- urban and rural -- where they’re difficult to access.

Non-profit organizations and local governments across the country have for years identified areas known as “food deserts” across the country, but the House Committee on Food Desert Zones is the first effort by state lawmakers to address the issue.

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Business & Economy
7:20 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Raleigh Neighborhood Gets Fresh Food Stand To Help Residents

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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.

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Business & Economy
7:37 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Downtown Greensboro Welcomes First Grocery Market In 40 Years

A shopper examines produces at Deep Roots.
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A grocery store opened in Downtown Greensboro this week. The city last had a market downtown in the 1970s.

Residents in Greensboro haven’t been able to shop downtown for fresh produce, seafood and prepared meals in decades. The city had two A&P Grocery stores in the early 1970s, but since they left no other markets have filled the void. That changed this week when Deep Roots Market relocated to North Eugene St.

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Business & Economy
1:10 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Southeast Raleigh Residents Worry About Grocery Options

Two Kroger food stores are set to close next month in southeast Raleigh, leaving some residents worried about where they will buy groceries. The company plans to shut down locations on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and New Bern Ave. next month. Kroger tells the property owner it's not making money at those stores. But the federal government already considers the area a food desert, meaning residents have limited access to fresh food. City Council member Eugene Weeks represents southeast Raleigh.

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