RAMS Kitchen to add wheels to bring Gastonia NC residents healthy food

Donyel Barber, Marcus Cyprian and David Fogarty work together to provide healthy food options through the Gaston County North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

The Highland community in west Gastonia has lacked a grocery store for decades, but there are steps being taken to lessen food scarcity in the community.

In May, Donyel Barber helped to create a food kitchen in the food-scarce area, known as RAMS kitchen, an acronym for Really Amazing Meals with Soul.

Barber, a member of Gastonia City Council, hopes to expand the healthy resources of the kitchen by opening a food truck in January 2022.

“The City Council has been working on attracting a grocery store to the area for many years but we can’t force a business into the area,” said Barber. 

Some grocery store chains may not place stores in certain communities because the community doesn’t meet a specific median income, Barber said. 

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