Two metro organizations have joined forces to make sure people in west Louisville have access to healthy foods.This comes after Cash Saver, one of the few remaining grocery stores in the area, is having problems with refrigeration that is causing a limited supply of some foods.”They’ve just lost a lot down here in the West End as far as being able to have the resources that they need and Cash Saver was like their last hope,” said Harriett Rankin of Black Lives Matter. “They’ve been great over there, but over the last four months or so, it’s went downhill as far as keeping stock on the shelves.”When Cash Saver’s refrigeration system shut down, it took away the convenience for Park Duvalle residents to walk to the grocery and get everything they need. Many of those neighbors are elderly and cannot easily access the other groceries across town, so, Black Lives Matter Louisville and Black Market Kentucky are stepping in to help.”It feels good to help the elderly. They’ve already paid their way and I think it’s our duty to help them,” Rankin said.Rankin coordinated nonstop shuttle rides to the Kroger on Dixie Highway in Pleasure Ridge Park. Though it’s a farther away, Rankin says residents made the best of it.”A lot of input that I got from the elderly is they enjoyed the ride, they enjoyed the outing, so I can see this being a permanent field trip or outing for the community just to get away from their facility,” she said.For those who want to stay closer to home, Black Market Kentucky, a grocery in Russell, is providing free produce twice per month, on the first and fifteenth.”We are just doing our part here trying to make sure people get their refrigerators full for the most part,” said Jasmine Harris, co-owner of Black Market KY.Both organizations say while this is a temporary solution, there’s a bigger problem that still needs to be addressed: the food desert in west Louisville.”It’s hard for our families to stay fed and stay healthy if we don’t have the things necessary. If we don’t have the food available for our people, how can we live our best life?” Harris said. “We just cannot keep waiting until it gets to this very, bad point. We don’t need any more corner stores. We need more grocery stores with fruits, vegetables, and healthy eating options for people.”Organizers say the next day for free groceries at Black Market Kentucky is this Friday, April 15. The next shuttle run is set for Friday, April 29.”A lot of the stores get empty around Derby time, so we’re going to give them the option to go in the stores first before we get all our out-of-town guests,” Rankin said.For a free shuttle ride, call 502-383-9793 or email [email protected] free groceries, call 502-684-1999, or visit BlackMarketKY.orgThe owner of Cash Saver tells WLKY they’re working with the city to secure financing to replace the refrigeration system.

Two metro organizations have joined forces to make sure people in west Louisville have access to healthy foods.

This comes after Cash Saver, one of the few remaining grocery stores in the area, is having problems with refrigeration that is causing a limited supply of some foods.

“They’ve just lost a lot down here in the West End as far as being able to have the resources that they need and Cash Saver was like their last hope,” said Harriett Rankin of Black Lives Matter. “They’ve been great over there, but over the last four months or so, it’s went downhill as far as keeping stock on the shelves.”

When Cash Saver’s refrigeration system shut down, it took away the convenience for Park Duvalle residents to walk to the grocery and get everything they need. Many of those neighbors are elderly and cannot easily access the other groceries across town, so, Black Lives Matter Louisville and Black Market Kentucky are stepping in to help.

“It feels good to help the elderly. They’ve already paid their way and I think it’s our duty to help them,” Rankin said.

Rankin coordinated nonstop shuttle rides to the Kroger on Dixie Highway in Pleasure Ridge Park. Though it’s a farther away, Rankin says residents made the best of it.

“A lot of input that I got from the elderly is they enjoyed the ride, they enjoyed the outing, so I can see this being a permanent field trip or outing for the community just to get away from their facility,” she said.

For those who want to stay closer to home, Black Market Kentucky, a grocery in Russell, is providing free produce twice per month, on the first and fifteenth.

“We are just doing our part here trying to make sure people get their refrigerators full for the most part,” said Jasmine Harris, co-owner of Black Market KY.

Both organizations say while this is a temporary solution, there’s a bigger problem that still needs to be addressed: the food desert in west Louisville.

“It’s hard for our families to stay fed and stay healthy if we don’t have the things necessary. If we don’t have the food available for our people, how can we live our best life?” Harris said. “We just cannot keep waiting until it gets to this very, bad point. We don’t need any more corner stores. We need more grocery stores with fruits, vegetables, and healthy eating options for people.”

Organizers say the next day for free groceries at Black Market Kentucky is this Friday, April 15. The next shuttle run is set for Friday, April 29.

“A lot of the stores get empty around Derby time, so we’re going to give them the option to go in the stores first before we get all our out-of-town guests,” Rankin said.

For a free shuttle ride, call 502-383-9793 or email [email protected]

For free groceries, call 502-684-1999, or visit BlackMarketKY.org

The owner of Cash Saver tells WLKY they’re working with the city to secure financing to replace the refrigeration system.