In the city of Chicago as there exists in all urban environmentspeople suffer in silence for the lack of regular access to quality foods sources which can support their health and that of their children. Healthy diets have contributed to the physical development of human beiings since our existence came about and is essential to our survival. However, this simple resource has had and continues to play a significant role in society worldwide. Children and elderly persons are particularly affected by the lack of proper nutrition for their developing and aging bodies.
There are some grass root organizations making a difference in large urban areas and their appears to be some movement by the city directors to finally acknowledge this area of concern for many residents. An example is the recent establishment of high end grocery stores which have been placed within low income communities boundaries and provide a new never before seen access to quality food sources for those residents. Whole Foods and Marianos have each ventured into areas of Chicago which were the prime examples of true food deserts and each of the store have been opened with a flurry of optimism, acceptance and are operating at full capacity as the residents explore this new experience.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been instrumental in allowing his administration to reach further into local communities and contact residents to offer them access to resources prviously unattainable without traveling vast dstances to other communities of the city. The Englewood community which recently recieved a Whole Foods grocery store and a Chipotle’s restaurant along with a Starbucks coffee shop and other resources has shown that even the low income residents through access can and will utilize access to proper nutrition sources. These new businesses have been flooded with people since their recent openings and remain busy with customers now for over a month of operation. The Mariano’s located on the former CHA Ida B. Wells homes land (Bronzeville Community) on the near southeast side of the city which is a substantailly large store has also remained full of patrons seeking to access the new offerings of nutritionally viable food sources.
Mariano’s New Store Openings 2016 – Bing