Our efforts to promote healthy food access in all communities in NJ are really starting to take off! On Thursday, April 7, the Assembly approved a bill to create a fund to assist small food store owners who face barriers to offering healthy items in their store. This legislation will improve health and promote economic development in underserved communities.
We are grateful to all the members of the Assembly that voted in favor of the legislation. It is our hope that the NJ Senate will act quickly to keep the momentum going! Assisting small business owners with resources such as training, marketing materials, customer education and equipment is a smart investment. Store owners find that the changes they are able to implement as a result of this investment are sustainable and profitable.
Expanding access to healthy food at existing retailers is a cost-effective way to ensure that every community has access to healthy food. It also drives economic development by encouraging small businesses to grow.