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View Full CaptionCourtesy Frank Bergh, Kimberly Camacho and Jayleen SandovalCHICAGO — A set for a TV show that looked like a corner store stirred false hope in neighbors living in a West Side food desert — and then the show threw out a dumpster's worth of food and household supplies that decorated the make-believe shop, residents said.With no grocery stores available for many people in the area, and unwilling to let the items go to waste, North Lawndale residents helped each other pick through the dumpster Monday so they could bring home food to their families.The set at 19th Street and Kedzie Avenue led to frustration in the neighborhood this summer when residents mistook it for a real corner store, a much-needed business in a neighborhood where residents seldom see investment and have few, if any, options for buying groceries."The Chi," which is set to run on Showtime and is produced by Chicago native and Emmy winner Lena Waithe, depicts life and its challenges on the South Side of Chicago. Neighbors questioned why the items weren't donated to a shelter or food pantry to benefit local families in need."It is so shameful that a company like this is profiting off of a show ab...
View Full CaptionCourtesy Frank Bergh, Kimberly Camacho and Jayleen SandovalCHICAGO — A representative of the upcoming Showtime series "The Chi" that's caught flak for throwing away a dumpster full of food and household items in a West Side food desert says the food had expired and wasn't safe to eat.But neighbors, who picked through the dumpster to find items they could bring home to their families, said that's not true and again questioned why the food wasn't donated.The set at 19th Street and Kedzie Avenue was designed to look like a corner store and had been in use since at least mid-June. Filming finished, and the set's very real props apparently were thrown out Monday.Jayleen Sandoval and her roommate, Kimberly Camacho, live next door to the North Lawndale set and joined other residents, including children, in going through the dumpster to find food and household supplies on Monday. They took home a variety of items, including flour, dish soap, sponges and granola bars."Their expiration date isn't until a very long time," said Sandoval, a University of Illinois at Chicago student who works two jobs.Food like the edibles thrown out by the show can be hard to buy in Nort...
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