- July 8, 2020
-- Four local stores have joined the HealthMPowers (https://healthmpowers.org/)
campaign, a project of REACH (https://healthysavannah.org/
county/) Savannah-Chatham County, to make healthy food choices available in small retail stores that are often the closest — or only — stores that sell food in low-wealth neighborhoods.
The project is supported by the YMCA of Coastal Georgia (https://ymcaofcoastalga.org/)
and Healthy Savannah (https://healthysavannah.org/)
through grant funding awarded through the Center for Disease Control's REACH program (https://www.cdc.gov/
index.htm) to help close the gap in health disparities among African Americans in Savannah and Chatham County.
works with store owners to encourage and support them in stocking healthier options to go along with such mainstays as soda and chips.
Targeted neighborhoods include those where many residents lack transportation to more distant grocery options.
"The pandemic shutdown has really driven home the importance of access to good food. Even affluent citizens struggled with how to get fresh groceries into their homes during the height of the crisis, so you can imagine how difficult it was for those in lower-wealth communities,"
Grim said. "By working directly with the ground-level stores that are such an important part of these communities, we can help build strong supply chains that will make healthy food readily available, even in times of tumult. HealthMPowers (https://healthmpowers.org/
) can be a significant player in helping communities weather another emergency, whether it's a global pandemic or just the everyday struggle of feeding a family."
Participating stores are:
A-1 Food Corner (formerly named El Cheapo), 902 Pennsylvania Ave., Savannah;
Alive Mini Market, 707 Harmon St., Savannah (temporarily closed due to COVID-19 shutdowns);
Niti Food Mart, 1212 U.S. Highway 80, Garden City; and
Zack's Quick Stop, 2701 Ogeechee Road, Savannah.
ABOUT REACH SAVANNAH:
In September of 2018, The YMCA of Coastal Georgia (https://ymcaofcoastalga.org/
) and Healthy Savannah (https://healthysavannah.org/)
were awarded a five-year, $3.4 million dollar Racial and Ethnic Approach to Community Health (REACH) (https://healthysavannah.org/
county/) grant from the Center for Disease Control. Through this funding, the Savannah / Chatham County REACH (https://healthysavannah.org/
county/) team works to close the gaps in health disparities among priority populations in Savannah and Chatham County.
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