Jasmine Crowe’s Free Grocery Store in Atlanta Aids in the Fight to End Hunger
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By Okla Jones, TheRoot.com
The free grocery store in Ronald McNair Middle School includes food, toiletries and clothing, serving about 80 families a week.
Atlanta—the Black Mecca, as some folks call it—is a place people of color have moved to in order to gain success. The city is filled with multiple Fortune 500 businesses, a budding economy, and it’s the home of the highly entertaining Real Housewives of Atlanta. In a place where you can bump into a celebrity at a gas station on Campbellton Road, the city’s homeless and poverty-stricken population is something that frequently goes unnoticed.
Jasmine Crowe, who founded Goodr in 2017, opened a free grocery store in Atlanta to serve impoverished families in need of healthier food options. She is feeding her community, one meal at a time.
According to NBC News, Goodr opened a free grocery store in Ronald McNair Middle School in September, after years of hosting pop-up stores around the city. Crowe collaborated with Atlanta native Gunna on the store’s opening, which gives families access to food, clothing, toiletries and more, free of charge.
According to NPR, the store at McNair Middle School will be open during school hours and close in the summer months, sending the excess food to families in feed in order to avoid waste. Currently, the store is available to anyone, as long as an email is sent to the school listing the items needed.
“Our deal is, if the food is there, we can give it away,” Summerall told NBC News. “We really don’t want to put a barrier on food because we have plenty of it.”
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