It is located quite a bit further from our home in Old East Dallas than was true when we live in suburban North Dallas. But, hey, we have cars and it is no big deal to drive over to shop.
Such options aren't available to most people in South Dallas.
Here's a photo of one of the two or three combination quick stop, liquor stores that are the closest shopping options for the people who live in Rochester Park--the same neighborhood I posted on yesterday, complete with photos of the horrible housing stock (if you missed it, go back and take a look at the lay of the land!).
Several years ago we organized the community against this "grocery store."
At the time the owner was charging our friends sales tax on grocery items that were exempt from any taxation. Of course, this allowed him to add an additional 8.25% on every food item, most of which were already priced far too high. But when there is no competition and no way to get to the nearest real grocery store that is miles away, consumers don't have much choice or say. We were able to put a stop to the illegal activity by mass protest.
The inventory in this store is extremely limited. No fresh fruit, vegetables or meat. Not much variety of anything. Lots of small packages of processed food, along with alcohol, cigarettes, etc.
Most people don't understand the day-to-day problems facing the very poor who live in inner city communities like this one. Food prices are far too high. Options don't exist. The quality of the food contributes to obesity and other chronic health problems, such as diabetes and hypertension, both of which run at epidemic levels here.
The poor remain powerless.
Often those who look on from a comfortable distance simply hurl judgments and insults. Public policy makers ignore the situation.
What if this were your grocery store?
What if you had no other options?
Put yourself in the shoes of the mothers, fathers and children who live here because they have no other choice.
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