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“West End” called a “Food Desert”

At least one person on the west side of town is sensitive to the names used to describe things. For instance, the city is trying to qualify for grant money to fix up the area on west side. (It’s now called west side because some residents many years ago said they were offended by the term “west end.”) One of the ways money can flow is to prove there isn’t a nearby grocery store to serve an area that is considered low income. If there isn’t, then the Food and Drug Administration labels the area as a “food desert.”

According to the Martinsville Bulletin, Shirley Frasier said she resented the implication and that her children were well fed when they were growing up. So the “food desert” on “west end” continues the battle of securing funds while not upsetting those that live there.

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