Lack of access to healthy food is a critical issue in the Delaware Valley. There were 35 food deserts in Philabundance’s nine county service area as determined by the USDA.
Chester was without a grocery store since 2001 before Fare & Square and more than 54% of families in the City were forced to travel too far for groceries, according to a Philabundance Community Survey conducted in July 2010. That’s why we brought the nation’s first nonprofit grocery store, Fare & Square, to 9th and Trainer Street! Fare & Square is a systemic approach to combat food inequality and improve access to food for households in need.
Fare & Square offers shoppers convenient access to “good food right around the corner” that has not been available to residents in a full scale grocery store in more than a decade. Fare & Square sells nutritious food staples with a focus on fresh produce, meats, dairy, seafood, and frozen foods and will help stretch customers dollars so that they get more for their money. SNAP (Food Stamps) is accepted in conjunction with everyday low pricing for all customers, as well as a percentage off of future purchases for eligible members. Fare & Square also offers SNAP outreach.
In honor of Fare & Square’s 1st anniversary on 9/27, we are sharing the recap video our Fare & Square’s grand opening in 2013.