Food Deserts

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A novel program at UF Health Jacksonville is making healthy food a part of the treatment plan. 

Jacksonville Daily Record

The planned closing of a Publix in the Gateway Town Center on Jacksonville’s Northside in late December is expected to turn the neighborhood into a food desert.

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A Jacksonville City Council member is trying to see what he can do to keep Publix from closing its store in the Northside’s Gateway Town Center shopping center.

Business Brief: $750k In City Funds Could Go To Grocery Store In Food Desert

Oct 25, 2019
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Jacksonville Daily Record

The City Council is considering a bill issuing a $750,000 grant to Commonwealth SDC LLC to renovate and reopen a shuttered grocery store in Northwest Jacksonville.

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The Jacksonville City Council unanimously approved legislation on Wednesday that may get grocers to move into the city’s Northwest quadrant to curb so-called food deserts.

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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.

  Today on “First Coast Connect,” we discussed a Jacksonville City Council ordinance to fund a opioid epidemic pilot program with Councilman Bill Gulliford a and Dr. Raymond Pomm (00:59), medical director with Gateway Community Services and River Region Community Services. Dig Local Network director Devon Rich and its board Vice President Brittany Norris (30:35) told us about their three urban gardens and an event coming up on Sunday. Actors David Girard and Terrence Scott (37:35) talked about the upcoming production at the 5 and Dime Theatre and we spoke with acclaimed classical organist Christopher Houlihan (44:12), who is performing Wednesday night at the Jacoby Symphony Hall.   


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Greenscape of Jacksonville teamed up with TD Bank on Wednesday to plant fruit trees in an eastside Jacksonville neighborhood.

Florida Creamery

We begin the hour with a discussion about the controversy surrounding Angela Wilcox, owner of the Florida Creamery ice cream shop in Avondale.

In a recent Facebook exchange with another local business owner, Wilcox vented about everything from liberals, to ISIS, to people who don’t sign paychecks.

The posts have since been taken down, but not before they went viral, and were viewed more than 30,000 times.

Duval Teens Sell Fresh Produce To JTA Bus Riders

Jul 7, 2016
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A group of Jacksonville teens are hoping their new produce stand will make bus riders healthier.

Students with the leadership nonprofit I’m a Star Foundation will be selling fresh fruit and veggies at downtown’s Rosa Parks Transit Station.


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The American Heart Association is pursuing state-level financing programs to address the healthy food crisis in Jacksonville and its surrounding counties.

Fifty-five percent of the population living in Duval, St. Johns, Clay, Baker and Nassau counties live with either low access or no access at all to health foods. These areas are classified as food deserts.

According to census data, a little over half of the five-county First Coast's population live in food deserts, areas without easy access to grocery stores or fresh, healthy foods. The American Heart Association is currently pursuing state-level financing programs that would help address this issue for the First Coast and other affected communities in Florida by helping retailers set up shop in these areas. We discuss ways of improving access to healthy foods with Dr.

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Today is Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the St. Johns Cathedral in downtown Jacksonville hosts the Clara’s at the Cathedral buffet.