Since the 1960s grocery stores have been moving out of our cities, taking with them access to high quality, healthy food and family sustaining jobs. Recent expansion in the grocery retail industry by big box retailers like Walmart has been characterized by low wages, a lack of health care and substandard working conditions.
More than 50 million Americans live in food insecure households and grapple with health issues caused by increasing levels of obesity and related diseases like diabetes. Working families rely on a thriving grocery retail industry to create quality jobs and provide access to healthy food. Removing barriers to quality food is central to achieving equity and community health in America’s cities.
The Partnership’s Good Food, Good Jobs campaign unites a broad array of stakeholders to improve job quality in the grocery industry, while advancing access to healthy and affordable food in disinvested communities.