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These Entrepreneurs Won A $30K Grant, Which They Plan To Use To Build A Community Garden To Combat Food Insecurity In Kansas City, MO

Entrepreneurs and sisters Arvelisha Woods and India Pernell are using their newfound earnings for a greater cause. Woods and Pernell are the co-founders of Kansas City, MO-based venture Mattie’s Foods, which was inspired by the hours of cooking in the kitchen with their grandmother, Mattie, their company website mentions. These types of moments with family sowed seeds of creativity and empathy, motivating Woods and Pernell to extend their passion for cooking to uplift their communities. “We would often enter her kitchen to find limited supplies in the fridge and pantry, yet Mattie’s magic would transform those ingredients into nourishing, flavorful meals. Her ingenuity and loving heart instilled in us a powerful lesson: by the grace of God we can create abundance from little to touch people’s lives,” a statement on the company website read. It continued, “Driven by love and gratitude, we opened Mattie’s Foods with a mission to pay homage to the remarkable woman who had shaped our...

Samantha Dorisca

Mar 19, 2024

A Black-Led Grocery Store Is Coming To Detroit, MI, And Will Support Food Entrepreneurs

A Black-led grocery store will be opening in Detroit, MI, to help solve food insecurity. Detroit Free Press reports that Detroit People’s Food Co-Op will be opening its doors to the public in March 2024. The grocery store is part of the Detroit Food Commons (DFC) project, a 31,000-square-foot two-story building that will also provide a community space and local kitchen to support food entrepreneurs.

Samantha Dorisca

Jan 2, 2024

Iowa Developer Rodney Anderson Builds A Grocery Store In His Hometown That Had Been A Food Desert For Nearly 50 Years

Developer Rodney Anderson has established a grocery store in a town that had been a food desert for nearly 50 years.

Samantha Dorisca

Oct 9, 2023

After Receiving An $85K Grant, Raphael Wright Opens Community-Owned Grocery Store On The East Side Of Detroit, MI

It’s a great day for the community on Detroit’s east side. Neighborhood Grocery, a Black-owned store, held its soft opening on Oct. 8, 2023.

Samantha Dorisca

Oct 9, 2023

Black-Owned Credit Union Financially Backs Market Bringing Fresh Food To New Orleans Residents In Food Deserts

A Black-owned banking institution has stepped in to support New Orleans residents living in food deserts.

Ngozi Nwanji

Mar 30, 2023

Shellie-Ann Kerns Is On A Mission To Decolonize The Food System

When Shellie-Ann Kerns left her home in Jamaica to join her husband in Washington State, she wasn’t sure what to expect. They moved to his family farm in Gray’s Harbor and she immediately began imagining ways to make the land productive. Family Roots “Farming for me, it’s in my blood on my mother’s side, and from her great grandmother, all the way down. My father’s family is also agricultural,” she said. “It’s something that I understand how it works. Something that I’ve just always been passionate about. When I came here, it was winter. And I needed to plant something. I did some research and I saw that, ‘hey, you can plant garlic in the middle of winter.’” Her first batch of garlic did so well that Kerns continued to plant garlic every winter. Now she’s taking her farming up a notch and making it a community affair. For her, farming is about supporting her community on a basic level. Decolonizing The Food System “What’s really driving me is the ability to feed the community,”...

Colleen Williams

May 15, 2021

Lyft's Program Offering Cheap Rides To Grocery Stores Will Roll Out Across the Nation

Living far from a grocery store without reliable access to transportation can make eating healthy nearly impossible. Often, people can’t access fresh fruits or veggies, and are dependent on fast food restaurants and corner stores. However, the expansion of one Lyft program may be able to help with that. Last year, the ride-share company piloted its Lyft Grocery Acces s program in Washington, D.C. This program provided families living in food deserts with a $2.50 flat fare to get to the grocery store. Today, Lyft announced that the program would be expanding across the country . In a blog post, Lyft said: “Through this expansion, we look forward to partnering with local organizations and nonprofits to provide low-income families and seniors living in food deserts with deeply discounted flat fare rides to get to and from grocery stores. Affordable and reliable access to transportation can have a huge impact on this problem, and we want to help.” About 23.5 million people in the United...

Vanessa Taylor

Apr 25, 2019