'Oasis' opens in West Louisville's 'food desert'

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- There’s a new Oasis in an area of the city known as a food desert.

The new store in West Louisville that opened Thursday morning will provide healthy food options without taking a profit.

This store is like an oasis in for people in communities bordering the Russell and Portland neighborhoods — an area of the city where many grocery stores dried up and left a long time ago. 

City leaders celebrated the store's grand opening Thursday morning at the Sisters Visitor Center at 2235 West Market Street.

The Oasis is using a non-profit concept to help solve this area’s food desert crisis. A food desert is an urban area where it’s hard to buy affordable or good-quality fresh foods.

People can come to the Oasis and get items like rice, beans, and fruit flavored water for free. They can also purchase low-cost fresh frozen meats, vegetables, and fruits.

“We’re going to teach ourselves how to shop better, eat better, save money, lose weight, and all have a better, more safe, healthy, educated community for all because that’s what this is all about," Metro Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith said during Thursday morning's ribbon cutting.

The store will keep food prices low enough to break even, instead of make a profit. That is possible due to Dare to Care, Catholic Charities, the city and Cash Saver Market.

The Oasis is a test run to see if the concept could work in other areas of the West End.

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