Community leaders and residents are planning to open Southeast Raleigh’s first food co-op, the Fertile Ground Food Cooperative.
Via Indy Week:
Plug New Bern Avenue into the map and you’ll see the area and surrounding Southeast Raleigh neighborhoods are classified as low-income households with limited vehicle access. Urban areas are more than a half-mile from the nearest supermarket and rural areas are more than 10 miles away. This year two Kroger grocery stores closed in Southeast Raleigh, leaving residents with limited, often unhealthy options at gas stations and convenience stores.
“There are lots of people here with no cars, no ability to go places. They walk to their local store and they walk home. When that store is gone, what are they going to do?” asks Rita Anita Linger, president of Southeast Raleigh Assembly (SERA), a nonprofit that works to improve the quality of life for residents. “People are beginning to realize that we have to rely on ourselves in this community in order to ensure sustainability and that when a store picks up and leaves, it’s not going to leave us stranded.”
The next planning meeting will take place Tuesday, Aug. 13, 6-8 p.m. at the Chavis Community Center in Raleigh. Dinner and childcare will be provided.