Grocery shopping isn’t an easy feat if you live in South Memphis. If you rely on city busses, the one-way trip can require two transfers and take up to 40 minutes.
“People here are dependent on the corner stores,” said Curtis Thomas, deputy executive director of The Works, a South Memphis community development corporation. “They sell frozen burritos and stuff, but no fresh food.”
The Works started as a housing ministry at St. Andrew’s AME Church in 1993, but has since become affiliated with the United Way. The group concentrated on things like new homeowner classes, home repairs for the elderly and started a charter school.