The Journey in a Food Desert

Brandie Fink on her long walk from grocery store home to provide her family fresh food. (Photo by Cecelia Marshall)

Written by Cecelia Marshall

SOUTH TUCSON, ARIZONA (El Independiente)- In flimsy plastic flip-flops, Brandie Fink lugged her plastic grocery bags down South Tucson’s main street. It took her over an hour to walk only half a mile to the nearby Walgreens and back for her day’s necessities(read more below).




‘She’s always dancing’

Principal Meg Cota overseeing the school’s tree-planting ceremony. (Photo by Cecelia Marshall)

Story and photos by Cecelia Marshall

SOUTH TUCSON (El Independiente)- Meg Cota pulls off the main street of South Tucson and into the quiet haven of the neighborhood surrounding her school, Mission View Elementary. It’s dark still, with the sun just now peaking over the Rincon Mountains. She passes the new playground she helped establish and dedicate last year, mists of dew gleaming on the monkey bars. It won’t be long until the playground is filled with 300 dancing children, following the choreography led by her and other faculty (Read more below).

Le Cave’s Bakery

Le Cave’s Bakery is famous for their donuts. Ranging in flavor from mango-filled to glazed, they are also vegan. (Photo by Cecelia Marshall)

Written by Cecelia Marshall

SOUTH TUCSON, ARIZONA (El Independiente) – Peeling paint, faded signs and bullet holes give the bakery a look of vacancy and abandonment. But take a big whiff, and you are renewed with the hope that inside, there are fresh pastries being baked.

Since 1935, Le Cave’s has been bringing old-fashioned donuts to people all over, and not just Tucson. Visitors of the Old Pueblo are prodded by their hotel connoisseur to visit this iconic bakery that some say have nothing on Krispy Kreme or Dunkin’ Donuts.

We took this statement to the test. Continue reading “Le Cave’s Bakery”