The proposal to subsidize a boutique grocery store on West Davis with $700,000 in economic development funds sparked a lively discussion of food inequity in our neighborhood.

If you live in North Oak Cliff, or if you have a reliable car, there are choices for where to buy groceries. Elsewhere in Oak Cliff, fresh food can to be hard to find, and poverty is high. Food deserts like those contribute to obesity and related diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.

Here’s an opportunity to get involved with Oak Cliff’s food desert.

The Oak Cliff Veggie Project gives away free produce to anyone who wants it at their monthly Veggie Store, and they also help plant, maintain and harvest community gardens at schools, churches and homes in Oak Cliff.

Bettie and Ples Montgomery, who are mother and son, founded the nonprofit with the help of their church, St. Luke Presbyterian, to address the shortage of nutritious food in their neighborhood.

The next Veggie Store is from 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Nov. 23, at St. Luke’s, 5916 Singing Hills Dr. They need volunteers to help set up and sort food for a couple of hours, starting at 8:30 a.m.