Living Cities hosted 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 launched a store that will re-shape the dialogue on food access and provide a new tool in the broader fight against hunger. The store secures 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.