As we continue to discuss food security, urban redevelopment and obesity in America, the term food desert is a reoccurring theme. Food deserts are communities with a lack of healthy food available to them, both physically and economically. This is a complex issue with no simple solutions. However, the Indy Food Co-op is taking steps to bring healthy options to the former food desert of the Near Eastside. In 2010, the co-op opened the first community-owned grocery store in Indianapolis, Pogue’s Run Grocer. With local meats, produce, and other quality foods, the store is a great example of what can happen when people work to find creative solutions to our communities most pressing needs.

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