BIRMINGHAM CONSIDERS ROAMING STORES TO FILL FOOD GAPS

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Birmingham is considering mobile grocery stores to fill a gap in residential areas where healthy food options aren’t available.

The Community Food Bank of Central Alabama already operates a truck that sells fruit, fresh vegetables and dairy products in so-called food deserts.

City leaders are considering a plan to expand such offerings as part of an initiative by Mayor Randall Woodfin.

Mobile stores wouldn’t be allowed on vacant lots, and they couldn’t operate within 1,000 feet of stores that sell similar food items. They could set up shop in commercial areas and neighborhoods.

The city says about 70% of Birmingham residents live in areas that don’t have stores offering healthy food. The problem is getting worse because of store closings in recent years.

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