PEORIA, Ill. — More than a year ago, a grocery store on the south side of Peoria and one in the East Bluff closed.
Now, neighbors are trying to figure out a way to fill the gap in access to healthy food in the city. The community discussed the next steps to developing neighborhood retail grocery options.
The discussion included a number of local organizations, as well as the University of Illinois extension.
We want to do a better job of discovering who those entrepreneurs are in the community that want to operate things like food based businesses, that want to operate or add to their businesses fresh food options to help that food security issue, but also build some sustainable business plans.Tory Dahlhoff, Director of Communications and Rural Development Coordinator for the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council
Staff with the University of Illinois Extension said increasing access to and consumption of fresh, healthy foods is no simple task, but their recent findings in the grocery store survey is the first step to making it happen.