Mother struggles without grocery store in New Augusta

Jayla Carey is a mother of five and said that grocery shopping in New Augusta can get rough, especially when shopping for her infant.

Mother struggles without grocery store in New Augusta

NEW AUGUSTA, MS (WDAM) - It’s a story we’ve told you about before: New Augusta not having a grocery store for its residents.

One mother that lives in that area said that she sometimes travels miles in order to get baby formula.

Jayla Carey is a mother of five and said that grocery shopping in New Augusta can get rough, especially when shopping for her infant.

“I only have to spend about a little bit over 100 to 200 dollars and that’s just to make sure she does not run out,” said Carey.

Her daughter needs baby formula but Jayla said that most stores around don’t have a variety to choose from.

“It was some other kind, that Dollar General or nothing up here had, so we had to go to Hattiesburg to get it," said Jayla.

Most view a trip to the grocery store as an easy task, but for a family of seven it can be time consuming.

“The time you get where you go, you’re ready to go back home,” said Jayla.

This mother of five stays organized just in case food may run out for her children. She makes it necessary to buy spares of everything on her grocery list just in case she runs low.

The Carey family stocks up on week’s of formula, canned fruits and vegetables just to get by each week.

According to Mayor Joe Gallaspy, Greer’s grocery store closed it’s doors years ago to residents in the area. This forced most families to chose whether to visit a Beaumont, Richton, Hattiesburg or Petal grocery store.

“I mean I understand some of this you can buy at your, you know, around here, but not all of this can you get,” said Jayla.

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