A north Minneapolis neighborhood that’s a federally designated food desert will soon have better access to fresh fruits and veggies.
The area is home to roughly 70,000 people and a slew of convenience stores but only one supermarket, according to the paper.
Pillsbury United Communities “works with underestimated populations across Minneapolis to foster the resilience and self-sufficiency of individuals, families and community as a whole,” according to its website. The nonprofit plans to make space for a clinic operated by North Memorial Health Care adjacent to the new grocery store.
“It’s really about providing healthy food access and bringing an economic anchor to a community,” Adair Mosley, the nonprofit’s chief innovation officer, told the paper. Pillsbury United Communities is fundraising for the project, and is about halfway to its $6.3 million goal. Construction is expected to begin in March.
Wirth Cooperative Grocery, a long-expected project in the Willard-Hay neighborhood several miles south, is also expected to open this year with federal grants and investment from local businesses.
Minneapolis is creating a track record of tackling food security. In 2008, it became the nation’s first city to require corner stores to carry essentials like produce, eggs and grains…