Wednesday, May 20, 2009
The Kalamazoo Gazette reported that Felpausch Food Center on the northside of Kalamazoo will be closing at the end of the month, leaving area with no remaining supermarkets for its residents.
The closing is a blow to the disabled, elderly, and those who use public transit. They will now have to find a way to reach more distant markets to access fresh foods and vegetables. Access to healthy and nutritious food has always been a struggle for the disadvantaged and especially those in poverty. On top of paying higher rates for healthy foods, consumers will now have to travel farther to access supermarkets.
But there is hope for those seeking to have access to fresh food and vegetables. Community Gardens provide several communities a way to eat their own vegetables at low-cost, and organizations like the People's Food Co-op let residents exchange their EBT dollars into credits for the farmers market.
Still the issue remains: Will residents be able to access these services or will their circumstances keep them out of reach?