The Urban Food Initiative seeks to advance the health of families in low-income neighborhoods by developing a non-profit, community-based, and financially sustainable retail store.

On Friday, March 15th, Living Cities will be hosting a webinar briefing on an innovative retail grocery model that promises to provide low-income communities access to healthy and affordable food. This model – the Urban Food Initiative (UFI) - seeks to advance the health of families in low-income neighborhoods by developing a non-profit, community-based, and financially sustainable retail store.

Based on his years of experience as the former President of Trader Joe’s, Doug Rauch is launching a store that will re-shape the dialogue on food access and provide a new tool in the broader fight against hunger. The store will secure donated excess high quality food through local partners (large grocers, local growers, etc.) to offer healthy food options at deeply discounted prices. The model also aims to provide additional neighborhood benefits including community capacity-building and economic development impact through job creation. This webinar will highlight more details of the UFI model and its benefits, as well as provide an update on development of the pilot store in Boston.

The webinar will take place on Friday, March 15th from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm EST . Interested funders, as well as other food access and community development stakeholders, are invited to join. Please register here to participate.

We will be tweeting about the event under the hashtag #UrbanFood and invite everyone to share their thoughts and questions.

For more background on UFI, read this recent Boston Globe article.