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What do a caretaker and a grocery store have in common?

Posted by Philabundance Digital Media on October 9th, 2017

Chester native Rashaadah Calhoun and Fare & Square grocery store have something in common—they both care for people and provide for families in the Chester community.

Influenced by her mom who is a licensed practical nurse, Rashaadah developed a passion for caretaking at an early age. In high school, she volunteered for a daycare center, and was later hired to work there part-time where she played a vital role in the children’s development. She was so loved, the children would ask for her when she wasn’t there.

Now a part-time caretaker and licensed cosmetologist, Rashaadah shops at Fare & Square, a nonprofit grocery store founded and operated by Philabundance, almost every day. Like her, the store is there for the community.”

Before F&S opened, Chester had been a food desert for 12 years, forcing residents to shop at bodegas. “If you had no means of transportation to get to the closest market, the only options for food were small, uninviting corner stores. When I first walked into the Fare & Square, I thought, is this really in Chester?”

What makes Fare & Square different from other markets is that it offers low prices on nutritious food, which helps Rashaadah purchase healthier groceries, and also provides some free produce to customers. To date, Fare & Square has given away half a million pounds of food to its shoppers. “Fare & Square is not only a great resource to the Chester community as a whole, but it also helps provide families with much needed food.”

Like Rashaadah, Fare & Square loves serving the community; in addition to its retail sales, it also helps residents sign up for benefits, provides health screenings and community events. Two community champions who love Chester, and it shows.

Visit www.fareandsquare.org to learn more about the country’s first nonprofit grocery store of its kind.

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