Good nutritious foods are the building blocks for healthy living. Yet, in most low income neighborhoods, residents are hard pressed to find grocery stores that offer nutritious food products. According to a recent article in a convenience store industry publication, 24.8 million Americans, including 6.2 million children and 3.2 million seniors, live in so-called food deserts - areas that lack full-service supermarkets or stores likely to sell affordable and healthy foods. Most low income neighborhoods are plagued with fast and junk food establishments. These unhealthy alternatives are dietary risks, especially for children, and lead to disease and poor health outcomes. We believe that by making healthier food options available, families will choose better alternatives for their children and families.
Popular healthy food stores such are located in upscale neighborhoods and therefore are not convenient options for women, children and families who reside in East Baltimore. Apples and Oranges Fresh Market will grant more access to nutritious food options for the residents of East Baltimore and surrounding areas in Baltimore City.