New Legislation's Goal is to Bring Grocery Stores to Low Income Areas

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, January 22, 2007

One of the bill's biggest supporters is the American Heart Association.  Spokesman Joe Debbs says as a child growing up in a low income areas, finding stores stocked with fresh produce was difficult.

"I wanna see more than just beer and cigarettes and candy in our communities.  When I grew up that's all we had and what this bill does is encourage healthy foods."

He cites poor diet as a major contributing factor to obesity and heart disease.

The bill would make loans and grants available to chain supermarkets, independent grocers and small and ethnic markets.  The author of the bill, state Senator Elaine Alquist says the goal is to spur development of stores in low income areas and encourage vendors to sell fresh food there.