NC Neighborhood Creates Oasis for Food Desert
By Free Radical
What do you do if there are no grocery stores in your neighborhood. “Create your own!” was the response a predominantly Black Greensboro neighborhood gave.
Growing increasingly frustrated with the lack of decent food choices, Greensboro residents formed the Renaissance Co-op Committee (RCC) to create a store in their predominantly Black, working-class neighborhood that has “healthy foods at affordable prices.” It will be community–owned and will give local residents say so on what it carries, its location in the neighborhood, and other policy directives.
Many say the store is long overdue. In 1998, the local Winn Dixie supermarket pulled out of the neighborhood and left the community with a food desert for more than 15 years. Several attempts to secure a supermarket in the area were met with no success.
The RCC store is slated to open next year. When it opens, it will also provide much needed jobs in the area with wages starting at $10 per hour. To view the RCC’s commercial, click here .