We at KWBU News have been doing a bunch of stories about food insecurity in Waco lately and one of the things we keep coming back to is food deserts. Basically, there just aren’t any grocery stores in central Waco—you’ve pretty much got to have a car to get to one. Pretty much got to have a car…you could also ride the bus. So that had us thinking…what’s it like for people who ride the bus to the grocery store?
A food pantry in the heart of North Waco is taking a different approach to feeding the thousands they see coming through their doors throughout the year. And as KWBU’s Jill Ament explains, less is more in creating produce with aquaponics.
It’s hard to find healthy food in some Waco neighborhoods. These so-called “food deserts” often occur when grocery stores are too far away and residents are left to get nourishment from convenience stores or fast food. Urban gardening is just one way the city is combating these food deserts.
Central Waco doesn’t have many grocery stores. Over the past year, three major grocery stores have shut their doors in Waco. It’s part of a trend of grocery stores moving out of neighborhoods and into larger facilities where they can access more customers.