Two Democratic state legislators from Peoria will host a meeting Friday to address food availability after the closures of two Kroger stores at the end of the month.
State Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth and State Sen. Dave Koehler will host a meeting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the South Side Mission, 1127 S. Laramie, to discuss a food co-op initiative and strategies for food availability in the city of Peoria. Peoria City Council members will also attend.
This comes after Kroger announced the store on Wisconsin in Peoria and the Harmon Highway location just outside the city's western border will close permanently at the end of January. The closures are likely to create a large food desert in the city's South Side and East Bluff neighborhoods.
Council members Tim Riggenbach and Denise Moore are also planning three meetings on Saturday to discuss the grocery store issue. Meetings are set for 10 a.m. Saturday at Manual Academy, 811 S. Griswold; 11:30 a.m. Saturday at East Bluff Community Center, 512 E Kansas St; and 1 p.m. at the Peoria Public Library, 107 NE Monroe.