'Gumbo of creativity': Group to try food-oriented projects to revitalize Lafayette community

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- Lester Girourd smiles as he picks up free tomato plants from a Mccomb-Veazey Neighborhood Coterie informational booth during the Kirk's U-Needa-Butcher Customer Appreciation Day celebration Wednesday, May 26, 2016, in Lafayette, La. The booth was set up to collect contact information from neighborhood residents, give out free herbs and vegetable plants and to spread the word about the upcoming coterie annual meeting and community workshop on June 4 at that location.

One of Lafayette’s oldest neighborhoods is one of roughly 20 low-income communities in the U.S. to receive a $75,000 planning grant to revitalize the community through food-oriented projects. The McComb-Veazey Neighborhood Coterie, a volunteer group formed in 2008 to restore life to a once vibrant community of the same name, received funding from the… Continue reading →

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