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Burnell's Lower 9th Ward Market 2036 Caffin Ave New Orleans, Louisiana 70117 corner at North Galvez Street and Caffin Avenue

Ten years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, finding healthy food in the Lower 9th Ward is more than just a challenge – it’s nearly impossible. The nearest full-service grocery story is about 3.5 miles away in St. Bernard Parish -- it takes 3 buses to get there. The only local option for food is the nearby gas station.

On the corner of Caffin and Galvez, in the heart of the Lower 9th Ward, Burnell and Keasha Cotlon have undertaken building the first grocery store since Hurricane Katrina to finally make fresh and healthy foods available to the community. Lifelong residents of the Lower 9th Ward, the Cotlons have invested their life's savings into providing food access to the Lower 9th Ward.

So come on in! Take a look and bring your shopping list, because we're here to help you make dinner tonight!

What is a Food Desert?

A food desert is an area, especially one with low-income residents, that has limited access to affordable and nutritious food. In contrast, an area with supermarkets or vegetable shops is termed a food oasis. The term food desert considers food available to the population, in addition to the number, nature, and size of food stores that are accessible. Food deserts are characterized by a lack of supermarkets which decreases residents’ access to fruits, vegetables and other whole foods. In 2010, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported that 18 million Americans live in a food desert, meaning that they live more than one mile from a supermarket in urban or suburban areas, and more than 10 miles from a supermarket in rural areas.

Oh how far we've come! 10 years after Hurricane Katrina and we finally have a way to serve fresh food to all of our neighbors in the Lower 9th Ward!

Love Heart Community

StayLocal Small Business Saturday event at the New Orleans Wellness Center in New Orleans on Friday, November 26, 2016

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another

Meet Burnell Cotlon. It’s been 12 years since Hurricane Katrina, and most people have given up on New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward. Not Burnell.
He thought the neighborhood was worth saving. Somebody had to do something.
And that somebody was him.
Burnell Cotlon hugs his mother, Lillie Cotlon

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