These Residents are Tackling ‘Food Apartheid’ in Bed-Stuy

In Bedford-Stuyvesant, where the ratio of bodegas to grocery stores has long been among the highest in the city, community leaders aren’t waiting for the city’s help to improve the food offerings in their own neighborhood.

“They’re not necessarily measuring whether the grocery stores have high-quality produce,” stated Rae Gomes, a Bed-Stuy food justice activist. “They’re not measuring whether it’s affordable to long-term residents, and they’re not looking to see if they’re paying people well.”

Gomes is on the board of the Central Brooklyn Food Cooperative, a Black-led grassroots project utilizing community strength to acquire space for a member-operated grocery store that could sell fresh food at affordable rates for residents in Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights and nearby neighborhoods, reports The City

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