Every resident in Mecklenburg County should have access to fresh, nutritious food – no matter their zip code.
West Charlotte, Southeast Raleigh, and Northeast Greensboro all qualify as food deserts in recent years because of their lack of access to fresh food. And despite spending $160 million last year to help feed needy families, the problem persists in Mecklenburg.
With grocery store chains concerned about their bottom line the likelihood of enticing a grocery store (to a low-income neighborhood) is not very good. So it’s imperative that we support all community initiatives, like the ones below, that are taking steps to improve our communities’ access to nutritious foods:
- Three Sisters Market: the city’s first grocery co-op.
- N.C. Healthy Food Retail Designation: state-run program helping smaller retailers increase their healthy-food options.
- Rosa Parks Farmers Market: This farmers market serves west Charlotte from June to September.
- Various community gardens: CharMeck has over a dozen community gardens providing fresh fruits and vegetables in multiple different neighborhoods.