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Greenwood without grocery store for months, residents blame city

Posted: 6:33 PM, May 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-10 22:33:31Z
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GREENWOOD, Fla. (WTXL) — One small town in Jackson County is trying to keep food in every home, despite not having a readily available grocery store in months.

Now, they're looking for help to get the store back up and running.

It's the sign that a lot of people in the small Jackson County community have been waiting for: "Future Home of the Greenwood Supermarket 2." But many are wondering what is the city doing to help?

Glass that used to be the door to the only grocery store in Greenwood now lies on the sidewalk. A fire destroyed the only place to grab a hot meal and groceries about a month after Hurricane Michael.

Still recovering from the Hurricane, the people of Greenwood are having to get their food from neighboring cities or food drives sponsored by one of the churches in town.

Meanwhile, the owners of the grocery store say that the city has done nothing to help bring this important staple back to town.

"There are grants available to this governmental agency that can help open this door," said Rev. James Swafford, who coordinates food drives. "That's where my interest is. If they won't do it, and I don't see why not, then we'll put together a group in this community that will do it."

However, the city says that the owners haven't come to them with any proposals yet.

That grant will be discussed at the Greenwood City Counsel Meeting next Tuesday. We're told more than a hundred people are expected to show up.