From faith to farming, Knoxville pastor grows food desert solution

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -A drive around the Morningside neighborhood revealed a shocking discovery to East Knoxville pastor, Chris Battle.

“There is no grocery store in 37915 zip code,” Battle said.

He found himself traveling through a food desert, which the United States Department of Agriculture defines as a number of low-income households that do not have easy access to a supermarket or large grocery store.

“We don’t like to use that term. (Instead,) limited access. A desert suggests there’s no life, but there is a lot of life in East Knoxville,” Battle said.