Food Desert in SE Raleigh: Community Forum Tonight (Dec. 10)
The Raleigh Wake Citizens Association (RWCA) will host a community forum on Monday, December 10, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, at Martin Street Baptist Church, 1001 E. Martin Street, to encourage buy-in from residents affected by the impending closing of two Kroger grocery stores in the Southeast Raleigh Community.
The RWCA will be joined by the Committee to Respond to Raleigh’s Food Deserts. Committee organizer Corey Branch added, “It’s difficult to believe that a section of the city with two universities, 14 schools, numerous businesses, professionals, homeowners and a golf-course community cannot sustain two grocery stores.”
“The entire community is affected by these closings. Both of these locations housed banks and pharmacies –so seniors, families and professionals should have opportunity to voice their opinions on this matter,” stated Rev. Dr. Earl Johnson, Pastor of Martin Street Baptist Church and President of the RWCA.
The organizers intend to raise a discussion on food deserts, in light of the fact that according to the USDA’s Economic Recovery Service, the region surrounding the locations of the soon-to-close Krogers are designated food deserts.
For more information, contact Martin Street Baptist Church (919) 833-9756 or Corey Branch (919) 926-8042.