13 Jun '11, 9pm

Supporting mom-and-pop in food deserts

Supporting mom-and-pop in food deserts

The Obama administration's initiative to fight food deserts will help, not harm, mom-and-pop stores. Photo: arbyreed Gary Nabhan and Kelly Watters are right that it will take a diversity of new and expanded fresh food stores to truly solve the crisis of inadequate access to healthy food in many low-income areas. Small grocery stores, farmers markets, and expanded convenience stores are all part of a comprehensive, sustainable solution to this challenge. But Nabhan and Watters miss the mark significantly when they assert that the $330 million federal Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) -- backed by the Obama administration and a bipartisan coalition in Congress -- would attract only "full-service grocery franchises that heap upon our children megatons of empty calories." That's the opposite of what's happening. HFFI represents the federal government's first coordinated...

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This is a very sound argument: Big box stores will not help solve underserved communities a/k/a "deserts":

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