Cenla Group Aims to Make Local Foods Accessible - KALB-TV News Channel 5 & CBS 2

Cenla Group Aims to Make Local Foods Accessible

Posted: Updated:

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5)- Have you ever wished that you could simply walk down the street or take a short drive to your nearest grocery store to pick up fresh, local produce? News Channel 5's Rachael Penton spoke with one group that wants to make that possible.

Fruits, vegetables, pecans...you name it. The Local Foods Regional Working Group has a plan to change the way Central Louisiana eats.

"It's all about having access to fresh produce. If you don't have that access it's not easy. you're going to eat less of it and that's how it is. If it wasn't as easy to eat candy bars and buy candy bars we would eat less of them," says John Cotton Dean, the Regional Food Systems Planner.

"The group's mission is two-fold. they want to bring local, healthy food to Central Louisiana and they want to boost the local economy while doing it."

The group is made up of people from across Cenla that have been pitching new ideas to their communities on how to make local food, grown by local people, readily available.

"I want to see every gas station, every convenience store, every grocery store in Central Louisiana selling produce, fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, nuts that are grown in Central Louisiana and I want every single person to be able to walk or occasionally have to drive a little far, but not as far as they have to today to get fresh produce," says Dean.

People like Amanda White from Grant Parish, who recently helped start a farmers market in Colfax.

"This is something that folks have been waiting for and begging for. if you wanted a market you would have had to leave the parish to find one, so folks are excited about it," says White.

Their goal is to help feed Cenla healthy and delicious foods and to feed the economy by putting money in the pockets of local food producers.

"If every single person in Central Louisiana spent five dollars a week, just five dollars a week on locally grown produce, farmers would have an extra 91 million dollars here in Central Louisiana. So it's healthy food, and it's a healthy economy," adds White.

The project is funded by a Grant from the Rapides Foundation and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • MH17 family living in 'hell beyond hell' after losing three kids

    MH17 family living in 'hell beyond hell' after losing three kids

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:23 PM EDT2014-07-23 21:23:40 GMT
    Siblings Evie, Mo and Otis Maslin died when the Malaysia Airlines jetliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday. (Courtesy of Maslin Family)Siblings Evie, Mo and Otis Maslin died when the Malaysia Airlines jetliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday. (Courtesy of Maslin Family)
    (NBC News) Parents who lost three young children and their grandfather when Flight MH17 was shot down by pro-Putin rebels revealed that they now "live in a hell beyond hell." More >>
    (NBC News) Parents who lost three young children and their grandfather when Flight MH17 was shot down by pro-Putin rebels revealed that they now "live in a hell beyond hell." 
    More >>
  • APD: Weapons/Narcotics arrest

    APD: Weapons/Narcotics arrest

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 16:27:53 GMT
    ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) -- On July 22, 2014, at 1:00 AM, APD Officers were dispatched to the 700 Block of Everett Street in reference to an assault with a firearm.More >>
    ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) -- On July 22, 2014, at 1:00 AM, APD Officers were dispatched to the 700 Block of Everett Street in reference to an assault with a firearm.More >>
  • Tennessee man accused of threatening to kill Obama

    Tennessee man accused of threatening to kill Obama

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 2:52 PM EDT2014-07-23 18:52:07 GMT
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man left profanity-filled voicemails with Tennessee's homeland security office threatening to kill President Barack Obama and other officials, saying in one that he would "light Nashville up," according to court documents.More >>
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man left profanity-filled voicemails with Tennessee's homeland security office threatening to kill President Barack Obama and other officials, saying in one that he would "light Nashville up," according to court documents.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KALB. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.