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The Jacksonville City Council plans to hold a public meeting Thursday to discuss access to nutritious food in the New Town neighborhood. 

The meeting comes following reporting from WJCT news partner The Florida Times-Union, which revealed the lengths that residents of the northside neighborhood must go to reach a grocery store. 

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Two health clinics on Jacksonville’s Northside will be transformed into what are called Health-Smart Holistic Health and Wellness Centers for senior citizens thanks to an $820,000 grant from the Humana Foundation.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

The Clara White Mission nonprofit has been growing produce at its White Harvest Farm property on Moncrief Road for about four years.

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The hunger relief non-profit Feeding Northeast Florida is partnering with the KIPP charter schools in Jacksonville to set up a permanent food pantry on its campus.

Moncrief Prepares To Lose Its Food Desert Status

May 14, 2018
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Modern Cities

A new city law puts money toward incentivizing grocery stores to open in Northwest Jacksonville, an area seen as a food desert.

As Bill Delaney with The Jaxson tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo, one store is already in the works at the southeast corner of Moncrief Road and Myrtle Avenue.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

With two grocery stores set to close about 10 miles apart on Jacksonville’s Northwest side, some city officials are concerned residents won’t have enough access to healthy, fresh food.

Jacksonville Residents Learn Healthy Eating On A Budget

Nov 30, 2016
Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Residents of Jacksonville’s New Town neighborhood and Urban Core were invited to Edward Waters College Wednesday to learn about eating healthy on a budget.

The event was part of the 4-H “Food Smart Families” program that teaches low-income families about budgeting for their health.