Making wholesome meals accessible in Ohio communities

AKRON, Ohio — The US Division of Agriculture’s Wholesome Meals Financing Initiative (HFFI) was awarded the Paing Household Asian Grocery retailer with grant funding, which can be used to extend entry to wholesome meals within the retailer’s south Akron neighborhood.

What You Want To Know

  • The Wholesome Meals Financing Initiative was designed to strengthen the native meals community in underserved communities
  • A south Akron grocery retailer has been chosen to obtain a few of these funds
  • The house owners plans to make use of the cash to usher in extra wholesome meals for his or her neighborhood

Siri Ache mentioned she and her household are refugees from Myanmar. She mentioned they got here to America in 2013 and took over what’s now referred to as the Painful Household Asian Grocery in 2019.

The shop has bought Asian items and groceries for greater than 30 years. Ache defined the constructing itself hasn’t had any upgrades throughout that point.

“The roof may be very previous; it has been right here a very long time—over 30 years right here,” Ache mentioned. “On this constructing, we solely have one air conditioner, so we want extra. We have to replace the cooler and freezer, to get extra meals and get extra greens for the purchasers.”

Proper now, Ache mentioned the shop is barely in a position to obtain shipments of contemporary produce as soon as every week resulting from their lack of freezer and cooler house.

This can be a drawback for the individuals in her neighborhood as a result of the Ache Household Asian Grocery is the one walkable place within the neighborhood that sells contemporary, inexpensive meals.

“Round right here, (this) is the one place they’ll get some sort of vegetable, the place they’ll stroll and get it right here,” she mentioned. “Typically, the purchasers come on like Monday, they usually ask for issues and say, ‘Do you could have this?’ and I’ve to inform them we do not have anymore—it is bought out.”

Due to the award cash from the Wholesome Meals Financing Initiative, Ache will have the ability to make these crucial updates to her retailer.

“It’s actually laborious to get these with out the grant,” she admitted.

She mentioned this cash will make it simpler for her to offer a spot for her neighborhood to have entry to wholesome meals.​