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About Alexandra Pusateri's story, "Cornering the Market" ...

In one example, the story cites a local survey that found only 44 percent of local corner stores had fruit available for customers. Far too often, people looking from the outside at the problem of hunger fail to recognize that not getting food — often signaled by obesity — as well as not getting nutritious food, is a health problem, and one that the community pays the burden collectively with rising health-care costs.

A food desert, according to the USDA, is a low-income census tract where a substantial share of residents has low access to a supermarket or large grocery store, where 20 percent of people have income at or below the Federal Poverty Level or 80 percent of people earn less than the average median income and 33 percent of the population lives more than a mile from a supermarket (10 miles for rural tracts).

Feeding America, the umbrella organization of regional food banks across the country, tracks quadrants where food deserts are prevalent. A map created by the USDA shows that the Mid-South, along with a stretch of Central Appalachia, contain the most food deserts in the continental U.S.

Helping residents get regular access to not just food items, but nutritious food items, remains a vital part of the Mid-South Food Bank's mission to tackle food insecurity in the Mid-South, where Feeding America has identified more than 416,000 food insecure people. In 2013, the Food Bank distributed 14.6 million pounds of food — of which more than 90 percent consisted of high nutritious value — to more than 200 partner agencies across 31 counties.

Until the void of access to nutritious food is remedied, including food deserts, the Mid-South Food Bank will continue to help provide healthy food, educate, and recruit more involvement.

Estella Mayhue-Greer, Mid-South Food Bank president

"The assessment also found that 40 percent of refrigeration space, which could be used for healthy food, was occupied by beer." Gee I wonder why that is? Maybe they could do a little cryogenics on the side.

CL Mullins

About Jackson Baker's post, "Early Voting Continues Through Thursday" ...

All the references to early voting, running since August, if true, prove that there are more problems with the election commission. Very insightful and hard hitting exposé on local election fraud! The fraudsters even produced a map of where the fraud can happen? Wow!


About a blogpost, "A Royal Memphis Weekend" ...

A Clapton show, Game 6 of a thrilling NBA playoff series and the Beale Street Music Festival, all in one week. Even a wedding involving British royalty. Sometimes our fair town flat out rocks it.

Dave Clancy

  • Greg Cravens

Did someone at least inform Harry of the "no touching" rules at the strip clubs? I haven't been in a long time to know if they enforce it, but if he's going to hit a shake junt, he needs to know what's up in advance. GroveReb84

I can't wait to tell Prince Harry how much I love Downton Abbey.


About Bianca Phillips' blogpost, "Untapped Event Has Huge Turnout on Opening Weekend" ...

One of the most diverse groups of people I have ever seen assembled in this town. It was a great event, which I am glad to see continues for several more weeks. Just need a lot more beer stations; the lines were too long. But everything else was very well planned and I appreciate all the hours the volunteers worked to bring this together. I hope to be back many more times and bring friends. It would be a tragedy to lose this amazing building.


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