Mayor teams up with Pennington Biomedical, Gardere to close grocery gap.

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BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC LOCAL 33) (FOX 44)- The mayor’s office is making another step toward closing the grocery gap in Baton Rouge. Mayor Sharon Weston-Broome teamed up with Pennington Biomedical and the Gardere initiative to bring healthy foods to low-income areas.

If you drive down Scenic Highway, you’ll find some gas stations, fast food, and maybe a dollar store. But you won’t find many food options outside of that.

“They didn’t have grocery stores. They’ve got to catch the bus go out of the neighborhood and then come back to the neighborhood,” Carla Moye said.

Scenic is one of several food deserts in the state, where there are no grocery stores within a miles reach of many neighborhoods. Carla Moye says the lack of grocery options keeps the people who live there, from eating healthier foods.

“If you’re not able to go to the store and get fruits and vegetables every day they’re not going to last in your refrigerator forever. So most of us can replenish ours on a daily basis, and these people can’t do it without transportation.”

This area along with the other 17 percent of local food deserts are now the target of a health initiative being spearheaded by the mayor’s office.

“We think this is a step in the right direction for closing the food gap,” Mayor Sharon Weston-Broome said.

The goal of the initiative is to make healthy options more available to lower-income neighborhoods. But today, the objective was to teach. Pennington Biomedical, the mayor and the Gardere Initiative teamed up to show the different ways you can include vegetables into everyday meals. Today’s lesson was a vegetable frittata.

“Everybody should be allowed to be able to be healthy. And I think it’s great that they’ll have that option,” Carla Moye said.

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