food deserts

Community
5:07 am
Mon January 6, 2014

7th Ward Residents Await The Return Of The Circle Food Store

The iconic outside of the Circle Food Store.
Laine Kaplan-Levenson

More than eight years after it flooded and closed due to Hurricane Katrina, the Circle Food Store on the corner of Claiborne and St. Bernard Avenues is about to reopen its doors. The historic landmark served the 7th Ward from 1938 up until the storm, and it’s said to have been the first New Orleans grocery owned and operated by African-Americans. Long time residents and customers voice their reactions to the long-awaited return of this neighborhood staple.

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Business & Technology
9:47 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Mid-City 'Grocery War' Highlights City-Wide Food Access Questions

Rouses and Winn-Dixie have used mail promotions to hype their selection and special entertainment options.
Eve Troeh

One week ago a new Winn-Dixie supermarket opened its doors on Carrollton Avenue, and many people in the neighborhood say that launched a full on grocery war.

Because Rouses Market has a store right across the street.

Giveaways, food samples, contests and entertainment have been the weapons so far. South Louisiana-based Rouses has done a fair share of trash talking about the Florida-based chain Winn-Dixie, to boot.

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Food Deserts
1:04 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Can Star Power Make New Orleans' Food Deserts Bloom?

Wendell Pierce, the actor and co-owner of Sterling Farms grocery store, chats with Dwight Henry, who will be making doughnuts and buttermilk drops in the store.
David Grunfeld The Times-Picayune /Landov

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 8:59 pm

Plenty of celebrities leverage their star power to raise awareness of complicated food issues. Some of the biggest names include Michelle Obama, Jamie Oliver, Prince Charles and Paul McCartney.

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Community
10:57 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Wendell Pierce On 'Making Groceries' In The Big Easy

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Police in New Orleans are investigating a shooting that took place yesterday during a Mother's Day parade. New Orleans Police Chief Ronal Serpas says law enforcement is still investigating the matter.

RONAL SERPAS: It appears that these two or three people just, for a reason unknown to us, started shooting at, towards or in the crowd. It was over in just a couple seconds. Police were everywhere.

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Community
7:00 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Lower Ninth Ward Releases Plan For Getting Fresh Food

A community effort to establish a fresh-food market in the Lower Ninth Ward is taking shape. The first step is in a new plan written by residents.

Residents discuss plan to get fresh food establishment in the neighborhood.

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Supermarkets
5:33 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

New Life Planned for Abandoned Supermarket

Plans to redevelop a long-abandoned New Orleans supermarket will include help from the city.

Thursday's announcement from Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office says major funding for the project will come from the New Orleans Fresh Food Retailer Initiative, which is funded by federal block grants and the nonprofit Hope Enterprise Corporation.

The 60,000 square-foot property on Broad Street in New Orleans' Mid City neighborhood was once a Schwegmann's supermarket. Whole Foods Market said this week it will open a store there as part of a larger redevelopment project.

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Notes From New Orleans
5:59 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Grocery Store For-A-Day!

Fresh producer will be one of the many items available at the pop-up grocery store taking place at the All Souls Church and Community Center on October 20th.

In recent years, the districts, neighborhoods, and towns that have little access to healthy foods have been dubbed "food deserts." Because some of New Orleans' lowest-income neighborhoods suffer from this situation, the Lower Ninth Ward Food Access Coalition is hosting a Grocery Store For-A-Day! event to help alleviate the problem. 

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Business
4:37 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

The Korean-American Story Of Yes! Organic Market

Originally published on Wed July 4, 2012 11:03 am

Gary Cha and his family came to the U.S. from South Korea in the 1970s. They opened Yes! Organic Markets in food deserts and other unlikely neighborhoods around Washington, D.C. and Maryland. Cha speaks with host Michel Martin about his heritage, his business and racial tension between some Asian store-owners and African-American residents.

NPR Cities: Urban Life In The 21st Century
3:33 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Filling In New Orleans' Future, One Blank At A Time

Candy Chang, co-founder of the website Neighborland, writes on an art installation in New Orleans in April. As part of a public street art project that later became Neighborland, Chang put nametag-like stickers on empty New Orleans storefronts for residents to write ideas for improving the city.
Katie Hayes Luke for NPR

Originally published on Mon July 2, 2012 8:19 pm

New Orleans became a blank slate after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. And ever since, entrepreneurs have rushed in to experiment with new ideas for building and running a city.

Among them is a startup called Neighborland.com, a social media tool for sharing ideas to make your neighborhood better. After signing in to Neighborland, you can find your neighborhood and post your idea. The posts all start with "I want," and you fill in the rest.

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Marketplace Money
8:00 am
Sat April 14, 2012

Bringing fresh food to everyone in New Orleans

Actor Wendell Pierce is working to bring his own chain of grocery stores to food deserts in New Orleans.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

You loved him as Detective William "Bunk" Moreland on "The Wire." You may also know him as the trombone-playing Antoine Batiste from HBO's "Treme."

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