City looks to end food desert, find solutions after grocery store closes, Norfolk mayor says

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Posted at 1:49 PM, Jun 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-28 13:44:04-04

NORFOLK, Va. - The shutdown of the Save-A-Lot grocery store in the St. Paul's section of the city caught the attention of city leaders, who said Saturday they were going to find solutions for these residents.

Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander reinforced that effort after addressing volunteers and residents at a community food giveaway Saturday morning.

The giveaway, known as Food For The People -- organized by local activists and organizations -- was set up to provide food for nearby residents who relied on the shuttered store and cannot travel to other grocery stores miles away.

Alexander said the city supports community efforts such as the food giveaway, and that the city continues to find ways to make sure neighbors can have access to a nearby grocery store. Most residents in the St. Paul's neighborhood are low-income residents.

"We continue to work with grocers and investors, co-ops and any person who's in that supply chain to bring a grocery store," the mayor told News 3. "Not only here, but to Berkley and other parts of our community that are experiencing a food desert or food crisis."

The mayor added that right now there is no word on any stores looking to move in.