In Food-Crazy New Orleans, Food ‘Deserts’ Persist

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – It's a lingering problem in post-Katrina New Orleans: Residents and neighborhood activists say some neighborhoods lack easy access to full-service grocery stores and fresh food.

In the Lower 9th Ward neighborhood, where the population was devastated by the storm, activists, local businesses and nonprofit groups plan a Saturday event calling attention to the problem, complete with a temporary outdoor “pop-up” grocery store, live music and cooking demonstrations.

Meanwhile, in the hard-hit 7th Ward neighborhood, the owner of Circle Food Store hopes to begin renovations next month. The 1930s-era store was a landmark source of fresh produce and a neighborhood gathering place until it was flooded when Katrina hit in 2005.

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