Food Desert http://wrkf.org en Can Star Power Make New Orleans' Food Deserts Bloom? http://wrkf.org/post/can-star-power-make-new-orleans-food-deserts-bloom Plenty of celebrities leverage their star power to raise awareness of complicated food issues. Some of the biggest names include Michelle Obama, Jamie Oliver, Prince Charles and Paul McCartney.<p>Down in New Orleans, actor Wendell Pierce, who stars in David Simon's <em>Treme</em> and, previously, <em>The Wire,</em> has been taking on food insecurity in low-income communities with brand new convenience stores. Wed, 15 May 2013 19:30:00 +0000 editor 10445 at http://wrkf.org Can Star Power Make New Orleans' Food Deserts Bloom? Wendell Pierce On 'Making Groceries' In The Big Easy http://wrkf.org/post/wendell-pierce-making-groceries-big-easy Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Police in New Orleans are investigating a shooting that took place yesterday during a Mother's Day parade. New Orleans Police Chief Ronal Serpas says law enforcement is still investigating the matter.<p>RONAL SERPAS: It appears that these two or three people just, for a reason unknown to us, started shooting at, towards or in the crowd. It was over in just a couple seconds. Mon, 13 May 2013 15:57:00 +0000 editor 10294 at http://wrkf.org Grocers Absent from BR's Scotlandville Neighborhood http://wrkf.org/post/grocers-absent-brs-scotlandville-neighborhood <p>For over 30 years, Scotlandville hasn’t been able to attract a grocery store.</p><p>Mayor Kip Holden has tasked the new <a href="http://www.healthybr.com/fresh-beginnings/food-access-policy-commission.aspx">Food Access Policy Commission</a> with figuring out how to get grocers interested in investing in the community again.</p><p>Wednesday, the commission is looking over feedback recently collected from grocers about the worries that have kept them away.</p><p>With nearly 26,000 residents living in poverty without access to fresh food within a one-mile radius, Scotlandville is the largest <a href="http://www.healthybr.com/fresh-beginnings/food-access-policy-commission.aspx">food desert</a> in Baton Rouge.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 10:44:06 +0000 Jarondakie Patrick 8783 at http://wrkf.org Grocers Absent from BR's Scotlandville Neighborhood