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Winona Fire Destroys Town’s Only Grocery Store



Winona, a town with a population of 5,043 in rural northern Mississippi has lost its only grocery store, and is facing the reality of being a food dessert. On the evening of July 20, 2015, Winona lost SuperValu Foods in a fire.

Winona’s mayor, Jerry Flowers, expressed his concern over the elderly being able to access what they need now that the only grocery store is gone in a Clarion-Ledger story. In a show of strength, Winona has banded together to ensure that people are able to reach the nearest grocery store, and are going to run buses twice a week to the nearest stores, 20-30 miles away, until they are able to rebuild a grocery store.

Fortunately, unlike the reality for many other food deserts, the situation is a difficult but temporary one for the residents of Winona. Plans are already in place to rebuild the store, with a goal of having it completed within six months.

To view the video news story by The Clarion-Ledger, click here.