Churches, community groups offer free rides to stores after Double 8 Foods closure

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 27, 2015) – Church groups started providing transportation to grocery stores Monday, in the wake of the sudden Double 8 Foods closure last week.

Community leaders in the affected areas say hundreds of people are now left dealing with food deserts and no way to travel to other grocery options. So, community groups are stepping in to help. Vans and buses will pick shoppers up from the Double 8 Foods location at 29th and Martin Luther King to take them to other grocery stores.

Double 8 Foods served customers in Indianapolis for more than 50 years. The stores served many customers who did not have the transportation or money to get to stores in other parts of the city.

Free rides to grocery stores will be offered Monday through Friday at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The fire department will shuttle shoppers to other grocery store options from the Double 8 Foods location on Northern Illinois.

Community groups are also stepping in to help find solutions for the unexpected grocery store void. Emergency food access meetings are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday:

Mapleton Fall Creek Food Access meeting July 28 at 6 p.m. Tabernacle Presbyterian

Northwest area Quality of Life Food Access meeting July 29 at 4 p.m. at Flanner House

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