Evans Center is located in a USDA-designated “food desert”. Food deserts are usually located in urban neighborhoods or rural cities. Instead of supermarkets and grocery stores, these communities may have no food access or are served only by fast food restaurants and convenience stores that offer few healthy, affordable food options. The lack of access contributes to a poor diet and can lead to higher levels of obesity and other diet-related diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.
In the Evans Center communities of Powell/Driskell Heights 63% of households own one or no vehicle. The closest grocery store is 1.4 miles away. That is a long journey for seniors or young mothers without transportation. Taxi fees turn buying a gallon of milk into a costly endeavor!
The market at Evans Center will provide access to much-needed, healthy foods including fresh vegetables, meats, and sundry household and personal hygiene items.
The market will also offer on-the-job training for youth. They will gain transferable job skills related to sales, customer service, inventory, and product presentation. They will experience teamwork and the value of strong work ethics.