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City seeks solution for south Sherman 'food desert'

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Published: Mar. 2, 2018 at 3:14 PM CST
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City officials are calling south Sherman a food desert, meaning there's limited access to grocery stores and fresh produce.

For many people in southeast Sherman, the two dollar stores are their only options for food. The closest grocery store is about three miles away and for people without access to a vehicle, that's over an hour walk.

"I stay down the street, I walk over here every day and buy food," Culvert said.

People like Araya Culvert in southeast Sherman go to the Dollar General to buy food, cause it's the only option nearby.

"When it comes to not having a car, you're gonna walk to places like this," Culvert said.

But fresh produce is slim to none.

"There's like fast food in there, you're not gonna be able to come here and buy salads," Culvert said.

Sherman does have grocery stores like Kroger, Albertsons, Walmart and Target, but they're all within three miles of each other in the northwest part of town.

Sherman City Council member Shawn Teamann said he sees the need and is searching for a solution.

"A significant amount of population live in that area, and there are no real, easily accessible healthy food options or grocery options in that area," Teamann said.

Some people have started a petition to try to get HEB to come and others told Teamann they want a Trader Joes. Teamann reached out to both companies and they said not now, but that doesn't mean he is giving up.

"We've had several that say they are interested and we are courting them right now. South Sherman is a hot spot for development," Teamann said.

Most of the new developments are near the intersection of FM 1417 and Highway 75. It's an area in south Sherman that Teamann said would also be a great spot for a grocery store.

"It would be better if we could have a little more to come to, you don't want to just come up here and buy lunchables every day, cause it's not enough," Culvert said.

Right now, city officials are talking with grocery chains, trying to find a solution to this problem. They have meetings scheduled in the coming weeks.