Kristin Wright has a dream. “My vision is there will be a community garden within walking distance of every citizen in Killeen.”

Wright is the board of directors chair at Killeen Creators, a year-old nonprofit that is plowing fertile ground in a city where many neighborhoods have been deemed a food desert. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a food desert is an area where many residents both live in poverty and reside more than one mile from the closest large grocery store. And because low-income residents who live across town from stores such as H-E-B have scant access to public transportation, they often opt for buying food at convenience stores that sell mostly processed foods packaged in cans and cardboard boxes.

Killeen Creators response to the food desert status is already making a difference.


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