Mayor's program brings healthier foods to stores in low-income areas

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POSTED: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 6:08pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 6:38pm

Fruits and vegetables are not usually the first things you see when you go to a convenience store, but the Mayor's Office wants to change that.

Now, people living in lower-income neighborhoods, like Scotlandville, will have more access to healthy foods.

It's all part of the Mayor's Healthy BR program.

Tuesday, Mayor Kip Holden visited Sewell Community Grocery to check out its new selection of fruits and veggies.

He grew up in the area and said he hopes this is the start of good things to come.

"We've came together. We trained the business people, and then we're bringing fresh produce in, so people who don't have the transportation can come right to their corner grocery store, and have access to fresh healthy vegetables and other food," said Holden.

"So today, we see where we've grown to the point that we have the things that we need to survive and healthy things that make a difference in our life, and I'm glad it's happening right where this little boy grew up," he continued.

This corner store program is sponsored by a $1 million grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation.

Kelly's Meat Market, Spanish Town Market, and Beechwood Meat Market are also taking part in the program.  

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