Open Access to the Illinois Fresh Food Fund
The Illinois Fresh Food Fund, which seeks to stimulate supermarket development in underserved areas of the state, was signed into law in 2009 as part of a $3.1 billion public spending bill. Resources for the fund have yet to be appropriated and we are urging state government to ensure that a significant portion of the funds are made available to small and local businesses.
I am an avid supporter of creating avenues to help increase access to fresh, healthy foods in low-income communities.
We express our gratitude to you for signing the Fresh Food Fund into law and truly believe in the ability of this fund to help our communities rid themselves of malnutrition and poor health. Having said that, we are committed to seeing the funds from this legislation go to help small businesses in our communities provide these alternative options, instead of being offered to multi-billion dollar corporations that have no concern for our communities other than that they meet their bottom line. We urge you to appropriate a significant amount of the fund toward locally-owned stores in the form of grants that can help these businesses meet the nutritional demands of their patrons.
Thank you for your time and your commitment to the issues that our communities care about most.