A Christian Science Monitor piece from last week (“Inner-city L.A. hungers for good grocery stores,” 10/10/09) describes circumstances a lot like those in the North End of Springfield–depicted by our recent series of focus groups, and this MIT food map. And according to a friend, East L.A.’s got about the same child obesity rate as Holyoke (24%).
In response, the Alliance for Healthy and Responsible Grocery Stores seems to have two strategies:
- Help existing corner stores to access heathier, fresher food; and
- Attract larger grocery stores that are willing to be proactive about neighborhood food security