GREENSBORO, N.C. -- About 60,000 thousand Greensboro residents live in food deserts -- areas where supermarkets with fresh, healthy food are at least one mile away.
But on October 1st, city and county officials are trying to close that gap. The city is going to start a mobile oasis program -- a mobile trailer with fresh produce will be set up once a week in food desert areas.
"What we're trying to do is meet that need, said Janet Mayer, a nutritionist with the Department of Health and Human Services. “There are a lot of folks that don't have transportation to get them to grocery stores that have a lot of produce."
In Guilford County, 24 areas are known as food deserts, 17 are in Greensboro. Through the program, the mobile trailer will spend two hours every Wednesday in two food deserts -- one near the Department of Social Services, the other at the Warnersville Community Center.
The pilot program will last for nine weeks. If successful, it will begin again in spring 2015.