M.O.S.E.S. Supermarket Taskforce is a community-based organization with the goal of creating community run grocery stores for inner city areas of Detroit that will provide healthy, inexpensive, and quality products for many residents. These are intended to help those residents who live too far from grocery stores to shop and are only left with convenience stores for shopping, where many goods are over priced and outdated. MOSES is comprised of individuals, community groups, and churches working toward creating a better community with a healthier population. Through MOSES, the only people who are to be employed by these stores are local residents, with profits from the stores reinvested to the community and to create more stores for other neighborhoods of Detroit.
Detroit can most certainly be classified as a food desert, a district that is mainly fed by fast food chains due to diminutive or no opportunity to purchase food that promotes a healthy diet, which has contributed to Detroit’s growing health concerns. A food desert is brought on by no physical or financial access to grocery stores with healthy, fresh food, and the lack of knowledge in regards to cooking and the steps needed for a healthy lifestyle.
Due to the economic hardship Michigan and Detroit has faced, many stores, cafes, and bookshops within Detroit are closing, leaving consumers with very limited options for shopping needs. Currently, the 11th largest city in America, Detroit, has no national grocery chains, leaving many consumers without fresh produce and meat. In a 2007 study, it was discovered that more than 50% of all Detroit residents were required to travel twice as far to get to a grocery store than it takes them to reach a convenience store or a fast food restaurant.
James Bieri, the president of the Detroit-based real-estate brokerage Bieri Co. said, “The lack of retail is one of the biggest challenges the city faces. Trying to understand how to get it to come back will be one of the most important keys to its resurgence—if it ever has one.”
Urban Policy Testimony from 6/19 a Wall Street Journal Article
A community grocery store proposal