Detroit’s Wayne State University, the Detroit Food Policy Council, and members of the Detroit Grocery Coalition have announced the Great Grocer Project, a program designed to strengthen relationships between independently owned grocery stores and their customers.
The program also will provide support to increase awareness and sales of health foods in Detroit neighborhoods.
The city has nearly 70 full-service grocery stores, almost all of which are family or independently owned. The program is funded as a three-year project by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and for one year by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
It is led by the Wayne State University College of Education’s Center for Health and Community Impact, as well as the Detroit Food Policy Council. It is designed to promote grocers to improve community health and economic vitality through leadership and advancement of research, programs, and policies for healthy living.
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