Commission explores ways to banish 'Food Deserts' from Baton Rouge

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Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 6:40pm

A newly formed commission is working to see what they can do to make more healthy eating options available in some of the city's most under-served communities.

As a diabetic living in Scotlandville, Daniel Lowery is often forced to drive more than a dozen miles to meet his dietary needs.

"If I need glycerin I got to go way down to Piggly Wiggly, or Wal-Mart in Baker," Lowery said.

It’s a problem over 100 thousand people in Baton Rouge's food deserts face. They live in a place with very few fresh, healthy food options.

"We don't have the transportation to do it, so we need a store that's going to have the variety of everything we need," Lowery added.

That's why the newly formed commission is looking for ways to bring more healthy options to areas like Scotlandville where very few exist.

"What's happening is when you walk in to a store. The access that you have to healthy food is not there. What we're trying to do is bring that closer, to even like a little neighborhood store," Mayor-President Kip Holden explained.

The commission was made possible by a recent $1 million grant.

Lowery says build it and they will come, for now he's just hoping the next generation will have better options than he was given.

"You got to change. You have to look at the demographics of your area, and then whatever the need is, you've got to have it there for us," Lowery explained.

The commission meets again on March 14th at Mount Pilgrim church in Scotlandville.

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