New Orleans CU Fights Food 'Deserts'
An innovative community development credit union that serves the greater New Orleans area is one of 12 financial institutions to receive federal grant money to help improve the quality of food in their areas.
The 74,000-member ASI Federal Credit Union has received a $3 million grant to help entrepreneurs seeking to bring healthier food to low-income neighborhoods.
Tourné cited different reasons the deserts existed. In some cases, people in an area lack the transportation to be able to make the trips to pick up food from wealthier areas that have grocery stores and supermarkets, she explained.
Money to purchase food or launch a grocery store in an area that doesn't have one is almost always a problem as well, she added.