Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Nonprofit grocery store to open in Chester, PA

Hunger relief organization Philabundance will open Fare & Square, a nonprofit grocery store, next spring in Chester, PA. The store will provide greater food access to local residents, who live in one of 35 food deserts in the Delaware Valley, according to the USDA.

According to the organization, Fare & Square will carry nutritious food staples, with a focus on fresh produce, meats, dairy, seafood and frozen foods. The 13,000 square foot store will be located at the site of the last supermarket within Chester's city limits, which closed 11 years ago.

Philabundance, which hopes to replicate the concept in other Delaware Valley communities, received support for the project from Sunoco, the Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, the Delaware Valley Regional Economic Development Fund, the Chester Economic Development Authority, the Nonprofit Finance Fund, the Reinvestment Fund, and TD Bank.

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