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When neighborhoods lack full-service grocery stores, many families turn to unhealthy fast food since fresh, healthy produce isn’t nearby.
The community-owned grocery store is one solution gaining popularity in the fight against lack of grocery store access. In Indianapolis’s near east side, one community-owned grocery store has been so successful that a state lawmaker hopes to pass legislation that would encourage these types of stores in other underserved area across Indiana.
State Representative Justin Moed plans to ask the State Department of Agriculture to to help bring other community-owned grocery stores to urban food deserts in hopes that families will have access to healthier food and make better food choices.
Nathan Roberts manages Pogue’s Run Grocery, the store who’s model Moed believes can be replicated.
“It’s owned and operated by the Indy Food Cooperative. We are just the local run grocery store that happens to be community owned,” Roberts said of Porgue’s Run Grocery in a news article.