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With an unemployment rate nearly twice the national average, Chester is one of the hungriest places in America. With the September opening of Fare & Square, Philabundance is helping change that.

“Some people have been crying and depressed and really, really struggling to find employment,” Chester resident LaKesha Logan said.

With the September opening of Fare & Square, Philabundance is helping to ease that burden.

The only non-profit grocery store in the nation, it offers prices that are 5 to 10 percent below a typical supermarket.

Before Fare & Square, the city of Chester had gone almost a dozen years without a grocery store, leaving a city of 33,000 people in what’s called a food desert with little to no access to fresh, affordable food

Fare & Square also provides Chester’s residents with much needed work.

“I’ve been out of a job for a while so it’s a blessing,” Fare & Square employee Quannetta Pryor said.

And in a city where life too often seems bleak, the Fare & Square offers residents a sense of pride and hope that things will get better.

“We’re a great community just like anywhere else. There’s a lot of unity here, a lot of talent here, a lot of people that really want the best for their families,” Logan said.

Catch more of LaKesha’s story in 6ABC’s Faces of Hunger series!