One thing’s for sure – Detroit is no food desert.
The Detroit Economic Growth Corporation’s Green Grocer Project sponsored a grocery crawl on November 14, highlighting four of the many grocery stores in southwest Detroit. Over 40 people toured the local stores, experienced fresh food samples and culture, and listened to presentations by managers.
Garden Fresh Marketplace, E&L Supermercado, Honey Bee Market and Prince Valley Supermarket, all stops on the crawl, received financial support and technical assistance to make store improvements as part of the Green Grocer Project. Other grocers in the community have received grants to make investments, including extensive façade improvements, to their stores. The program is primarily funded by the Kresge Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and through additional support for special projects by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and other sources.
Another program funded through the Green Grocer Project includes the “We’ve Got the Goods” healthy eating initiative which deploys youth food ambassadors, aged 18-24, to engage the community by visiting local grocery stores. Information for customers is made available about nutrition through recipes, cooking demonstrations and tastings. “We’ve Got the Goods” ambassadors were on site at all of the crawl stops where attendees heard more about the initiative.
For more information about the Green Grocer Project, visit www.degc.org/businesses/green-grocer-project.
Mariangela “Mimi” Pledl
Green Grocer Program Manager