Nonprofit grocery opens for business

10/07/2013 10:52:00 AM
Pamela Riemenschneider

fair & squareFair & SquareFair & Square, a non-profit grocery operated by Philabundance is a new non-profit grocery in Chester, Pa. Fare & Square, a nonprofit full service grocery, opened its doors Sept. 28 aiming to bring fresh and affordable food options to one Philadelphia area food desert.

The 16,000-square-foot store in Chester, Pa., offers produce, deli, fresh meat, seafood, dairy, frozen and dry goods under brand name and private labels.

“Food deserts are one of the most pervasive problems plaguing cities across the country,” said Bill Clark, president and executive director of Philabundance, the non-profit food bank serving Philadelphia and the Delaware valley and operator of Fare & Square, in a news release. “Chester has been without a grocery store for far too long, and we are so proud to be able to bring the first grocery store to Chester.”

The location for the program was determined through a Philadelphia Community Survey conducted in July 2010 that found the Chester community had been without a grocery store for 12 years. The store is staffed in part by personnel trained through a 5-week Service Industry Training Course offered by Philabundance.



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HilaryShaw    
Newport, Shropshire, UK  |  October, 08, 2013 at 03:00 AM

Similar initiatoves in the UK, eg Tesco Seacroft (leeds) - but we probably need to ensure that local peoplc can actually afford these healthy foods, and know how to prepare fresh vegetebles and want to eat them. More at www.fooddeserts.org

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