The lack of a full-service grocery store has been a long-standing complaint in the Lower Ninth Ward. For at least one day next week, however, that will change as a group of residents and advocates for the neighborhood create what is essentially their own pop-up grocery store.
On Oct. 20, the Lower Ninth Ward Food Access Coalition will stage its “Grocery Store for a Day” event, setting up a fully-stocked store inside All Souls Church (5500 St. Claude Ave.). The day-long event includes children’s activities, health screening and urban farm tours, while from noon to 4 p.m. residents can access the store, which will be stocked by local vendors. Payment for groceries will be by donation.
Coalition director Jenga Mwendo says the event is intended to draw attention to the area’s status as a “food desert,” with the closest grocery store located miles away, and to highlight her group’s work to address the situation.
Event organizers are soliciting more vendors to get involved. Contact the group at firstname.lastname@example.org or 324-9955 for details.