"If you live in Mount Hope, which is 22 percent black, and want to buy bananas and fresh vegetables, you can't find them," he said. "Mount Hope is also the site of the new national Boy Scout Camp. But if anyone wants to buy a banana or an apple, they have to drive to Beckley or Oak Hill.
"This is just one example of the thing that minority health advocacy groups want to improve."
Rev. Phillip Copney, pastor of a Mount Hope church, is spearheading efforts to get a fresh grocery store in his town, Staunton said. Copney is vice president of the new advocacy group.
The new group will work with the Office of Minority Affairs, a section of the state Department of Health and Human Resources created by the Legislature last year.
Staunton said his financial problems are becoming more difficult because he cannot get a new job after being released from his television job because of health problems. He worked as an anchor reporter for WCHS and WOWK in Charleston and WVNS in Beckley.
"I have a 'non-compete' contract which prevents me from working for another television station [in West Virginia] until next February."
Before she died, Teresa Staunton worked 14 years for the Mayor's Office of Economic and Community Development here in Charleston.Reach Paul J. Nyden at pjny...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5164.