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Too few grocery stores in parts of Mississippi

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

While Mississippi is ripe with green scenery, the Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi says a huge slice of the Mississippi Delta has too few grocery stores. This is also the case in some urban areas of Mississippi experts say this limits access to healthy foods.

Health advocates and representatives from the Mississippi Grocery Access Task Force gathered at the state capitol Tuesday said food deserts create a virtual oasis for obesity, a huge and costly problem in our state.

The owner of McDade supermarkets and others are hoping lawmakers will consider a 10 million dollar seed program with the private sector to entice store owners to invest.

"There are places in the state where they need grocery stores and we are willing to do that but it has to make business sense," said Greg McDade.

Small grocery stores have moved into various parts of blighted areas of the capitol city over the past few years. One example of a resurgence is at the Jackson Medical Mall on Woodrow Wilson. A bill designed to create a fresh food financing initiative will soon be introduced.

The full report can be found at www.thefoodtrust.org

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