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Neighborhood leaders focus on getting low income shoppers to the grocery store.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A Madison neighborhood task force is working on making sure people living in the allied drive area can get to the grocery store.

The communities only grocery store, Cub Foods on Verona Road, closed down, and because of the tough economy, it could be a while before another store takes it's place.

The closest stores now are Copps on Whitney Way and Super Target off PD. Both are a two mile trip.

"Even when Cub was here, that was walking distance, they can bring their grocery's back in buggies to their houses...Bus fares will go up to $2.00 in April and I can't see how people are going to survive without a grocery store in their community," says Allied Area Task Force member Robert Artis.

The Allied Task Force is trying to find a store to take cub foods place, but in the meantime Alder Brian Solomon says they're focusing on getting people to the store, discussing possible shuttle services with area companies.

Solomon says right now, area representatives are taking a survey to people in the area to find out just how much help is needed.

An Allied Drive food pantry has stepped up to help. They offer shuttle services from The Boys and Girls Club to Woodman's on the westside.

The service runs every other Saturday.

Solomon says once they receive results from their survey, they will decide how much more service they'll need to provide to the Allied area.

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