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Q&A: Fare & Square, an oasis in a U.S. food desert

The Fare & Square grocery store located in Chester, Pennsylvania, looks just like any other supermarket in the United States. Its main doors open to an ample fresh fruit and vegetable section, followed by rows of household staples and refrigerated foods. The store stands apart,…

Bank of America Supports Fare and Square

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation recently presented a $50,000 donation to Philabundance to help support the opening of Fare & Square, the nation’s first nonprofit grocery store in Chester. Chester was a USDA determined food desert and had been without a grocery store since…

An Oasis of Groceries

Twelve years ago, residents of this hardscrabble riverfront city watched its last supermarket shut down. As poverty deepened and businesses left, Chester was officially designated one of about 6,500 “food desert tracts” by the United States Department of Agriculture. This means the heavily low-income population…

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A nonprofit supermarket in Pa. offers hope for suburban poor

Chester, Pa. used to be known for its shipbuilding, but manufacturing has now all but disappeared. It has a 13 percent unemployment rate and more than 30 percent of its residents live below the poverty line. It’s also a food desert. With more than 30,000…

An Oasis in a Food

Watch the accompanying video by clicking here! Since opening last month, America’s first nonprofit grocery store is bringing fresh and affordable fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy to Chester, Pa., a community that has struggled to find healthy food options since the city’s last supermarket closed in…

The business model of Philly’s first non-profit supermarket

Philadelphia Business Journal By: Samantha Freda Since 2001, Chester residents have gone without access to a local grocery store. After a decade of being considered a “food desert” by the USDA, Chester has been given an oasis. Fare & Square is a new, 16,000 square foot…

Food desert no more, Chester welcoming first grocery store in years

Newsworks By: Elana Gordon Chester’s first grocery store in over a decade opens this weekend. On the eve of its public unveiling, the project’s visionary, Bill Clark, describes the store, on Trainer and 9th street, as a mix of mayhem and excitement. “In addition to about…

Shoppers in Chester, Pa. welcome 1st grocery store in 12 years

WPVI By: Nora Muchanic CHESTER Pa. – September 28, 2013 (WPVI) — It’s official. For the first time in 12 years, Chester has a full-scale grocery store. Located at 9th and Trainer, it’s called Fare & Square and is owned and operated by Philabundance. The 16,000-square-foot store…

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