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Community works to come up with new health food plan after losing grocery stores

Community works to come up with new health food plan after losing grocery stores (WKEF/WRGT)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – Community members from around Dayton came together Tuesday to try and find a way to have fresh food in neighborhoods on the city's west side.

The meeting followed an announcement that ALDI will be closing the Westowne Shopping Center location, in addition to a fire in November destroying the Food for Less on the east side.

The area is a food desert that has people concerned about buying food, especially since many people don’t drive and would have to take the RTA to get their groceries.

“They’re starving,” chairman of the Northwest Priority Board David Greer said. “They’re hungry. They’re kids are hungry. So there has to be something done to sustain food for our individual residents. You now, we have to do it ourselves.”

ALDI hasn’t said when the store is closing, but cited low foot traffic as the reason for closing.

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