NEW YORK (WPIX)—If they build them, they hope those in need for healthy food will come. That is the plan outlined by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and other political leaders Monday who want to use $1B in loans and grants to construct 2100 new grocery stores nationwide to provide healthy food.
Locally that would translate to more than 350 stores statewide that would help some 3 million New York City residents facing food insecurity and living in so-called "food desert" neighborhoods.
The initiative is also designed to combat child obesity by providing low cost fresh food alternatives and create thousands of jobs in the "high need" underserved communities.
The program is modeled after a similar one in Pennsylvania and is also being touted by Cong. Nydia Velazquez, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and various advocacy groups and union leaders.