Shreveport, LA (KMSS) — Downtown Shreveport is growing, but with no grocery store in the area, many residents, especially the low income and homeless, have trouble finding fresh produce.
To combat that, community organizations like Hope House and Investing in Growth teamed up with LSU's Occupational Therapy students to build a community garden behind the Church of the Holy Cross at 875 Cotton Street.
Laurie Bryant of Hope House came out to help build the garden. Living downtown, she knows the struggles of getting fresh produce. With many of the poor not having a car, or even able to afford a bus pass, they are limited to shopping at local bodegas. These stores often have very little fresh foods and generally cost much more than a traditional grocery store.
Vegetables were planted in the garden today, which means soon downtown residents will have a new source of fresh produce. Anybody is welcome to harvest the garden. Representatives from Investing in Growth hope that everybody that harvests will also help tend the garden, but they're not going to turn away anybody who is hungry since that is the reason they brought the garden to the area.