Food desert

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

First District Peoria City Council candidate Denise Jackson says the conversation around the city's potential plans for the former Save-A-Lot grocery store on Western Avenue are flawed.

The Peoria City Council is implementing a fee cap on third-party food delivery services like GrubHub and DoorDash during the ongoing COVID-19 mitigations that are shuttering indoor dining.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Food insecurity and the invasive Asian carp are two familiar, longstanding issues in Peoria. But a new stakeholder group believes they've discovered a way to use one problem to solve another.

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

It’s been more than two years since two Kroger stores closed in Peoria—one on the South Side, the other on the East Bluff. 

Market on the Hill Cooperative via Facebook

A Logan County town’s new grocery store may provide a model other rural food deserts can follow. 

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People have been leaving rural midwestern areas for decades. And it’s not just population loss. Often fresh food sellers move away too. There might be hope, though.

Kristin McHugh

The Peoria Area Food Bank is on the move. It hosted its first-ever mobile food bank Monday in front of the former Madison Park Plaza Kroger store.


Peoria City Council Acts On A Variety of Issues

Jan 24, 2018

The Peoria City Council Tuesday took a first step toward historic designation for the old Chase Bank building.

The block where the building sits had been in an urban industrial zone. That would have benefitted Caterpillar if it had built its new world headquarters there. With OSF HealthCare buying the property for its new ministries headquarters, it needed historic tax credits to make renovation financially possible.

Peoria Community Rallies to Combat Food Deserts

Jan 12, 2018
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

More than 65 people turned out today at Peoria’s South Side Mission for a roundtable on what happens when two neighborhood Kroger stores close.


The discussion event planned by Democratic State Senator Dave Koehler was initially expected to have about 16 people participate.

Specifically, the idea of food co-ops was the topic for consideration as well as other potentially sustainable solutions to the community's growing food deserts.


Kroger to Close Two Peoria Stores

Jan 4, 2018
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Kroger is closing two Peoria stores. The Harmon Highway and Wisconsin Avenue stores are closing at the end of the month. The Harmon Highway fuel center is also closing. A statement from the company says Kroger executives have long monitored operations, hoping the stores could return to profitability, but recent evaluations suggest such improvement is no longer realistic.

About 150 employees will either lose their jobs or move to other locations when Kroger closes two of the pair of stores.

 CHICAGO (AP) - The opening of a grocery in Chicago's impoverished and violence-plagued Englewood neighborhood has meant an often-called food desert has shrunk and hopes of a community revival increased.

Peoria’s South Side will see the return of a grocery store early this summer.

Save-a-Lot food stores plans to open a location in the vacant store on Western Avenue.  The area has been without a grocery provider for two years since the Aldi’s closed the 210 South Western store.  


Save-a-Lot will mean a closer source for fresh produce, dairy, meat and essential household items for Southside Peoria residents. The area has been considered a food desert since the departure of the last store.