Nonprofit grocery stores inject 'food deserts' with nutrition
January 22, 2013
America has recently gained awareness about 'food deserts', urban communities that a plethora of corner stores selling processed junk food but no access to fresh produce and meats. Some see this as a critical opportunity to address that nation's obesity epidemic.
However, it can be challenging for vendors to enter these markets and profit selling only fruits and vegetables because their customer base is not used to having these foods in their diets.
So nonprofits have entered the market with grocery stores that have two goals - to supply nutritious options and provide education, according to WBEZ- FM. Louis Groceries recently opened a location in Chicago's Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood. While it still carries Coca-Cola and Frito-Lays products, which Terri Zhu, the store program director/manager, says are some of its best-selling items, the store also offers an array of fresh produce and quality chicken.
A similar program is being created in Chester, Pennsylvania, by the Philabundance organization. The community has been without a grocery store for more than 11 years, but that will change once the Fare & Square store is open to community members.
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