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(Times Free Press) - Around Chattanooga, about 60,000 residents live in areas where they are forced to rely on the kindness of friends with cars or sometimes take an hours-long bus ride to buy as many groceries as they can carry back home. Such neighborhoods, sometimes called food deserts, are defined as areas in which one-third of the population, or more than 500 people, have low access to healthy food.

Such neighborhoods as Westside, Alton Park, Orchard Knob and East Chattanooga fall within the city's food desert.

When the Food Lion chain closed almost all its Chattanooga stores in January, several local social service groups decided the city needed an immediate solution to the problem rather than wait years -- if ever -- to lure grocers into urban areas.

Read more about this story from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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