Starting this month, local nonprofit Hope for the Inner City will begin recruiting an army of chickens to aid in the nonprofit’s mission to bring fresh produce to low-income households, but recruiters say they still need community support.
Since early this summer, Hope for the Inner City has been asking community members for donations of $25 to sponsor laying hens whose fresh eggs would be sold to residents in East Chattanooga, which is still reeling from the loss of its last grocery store, Scarbrough’s Produce, in 2015.
Now considered a food desert, the neighborhood’s nearest supermarket is 3 miles away, making it that much more difficult for struggling families to bring healthy options to the table.
“You have to take three buses to get to a grocery store from this neighborhood,” said Joel Tippens, director of Grow Hope Urban Farm, Hope for the Inner City’s homegrown solution to bring food accessibility to the area.
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