America's First Non-Profit Supermarket Provides a Model for Alleviating Food Deserts
Cassie Owens reports on Fare & Square, the nation’s first non-profit supermarket, which opened last weekend in Chester, "a USDA-designated food desert, [that] had gone without a supermarket in town for 12 years."
"The new market comes courtesy of Philabundance, the Philly metro area’s largest food bank. While other non-profit grocery stores have popped up in cities in like Portland and St. Joseph, Mo., Fare & Square distinguishes itself as a 16,000 square-foot, full-scale market. The store is not a co-op, and there are no salary requirements for purchase or membership."
"Food justice advocates are watching the Fare & Square model to see if it could become a solution to food deserts like Chester," notes Owens.