When Samantha Pounder and Hannah Choi imagine the shelves of a corner store, they see fresh aloe and kale instead of the usual sugary, shrink-wrapped confections and salty snacks. It’s a vision that will soon become a reality when the pair open Muki’s Market in Washington DC , one of the newest additions to a growing movement to supply big city food deserts with healthy corner stores. “The reality is there’s a need for more fresh food options,” says Pounder, food access director of Arcadia , a local nonprofit. “When there are no grocery stores within walking distance or even a reasonable driving distance that becomes a problem.” In Boston, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, San Jose, California, and Newark, New Jersey, a movement of entrepreneurs are opening similar shops to combat a practice known as “retail redlining”, when deliberate policies implemented over time create food deserts in predominantly Black and low-income neighborhoods. A sign points to Arcadia Farms’ mobile farmer’s market in Washington DC. Photograph: Hector Emanuel/The Guardian Brian Lang, director of the National Campaign for Healthy Food Access at the Food Trust, said: “By failing to aggressively combat the circumstances that led to the shortage of retail, food companies and […]


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