The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated many problems and longstanding problems across the country. One of these problems is access to healthy foods. According to the Food Bank in Southeast Virginia and the East Coast, there is only one supermarket within two miles for 1,700 families living in low-income areas. As a solution, a mother and daughter duo took the initiative and started a grocery store to serve the community.
Renee Trueheart and daughter Tyra Gallagher decided to help their Henrico County community in Richmond, Virginia by opening Darrell & # 39; s Family Supermarket earlier this month. After other food options were closed to locals due to the coronavirus pandemic, Gallagher, who works with dialysis patients, has received high praise for how this type of business is needed in the community.
"A lot of my patients have difficulty getting the right food they need," Gallagher said in an interview with WRIC. "We've seen the differences black and brown people face when looking for clean, safe, fresh products in this area. That's why we're here."
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Darrell's family supermarket is
– Family owned
-Open in an area where they say is food desert
DURING A PANDEMIC ????.
I had the privilege of chatting with the new owners at the grocery store in Henrico.
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Gallagher says she is grateful for the community support she and her mother received during the trouble opening a business during a pandemic.
"We're shocked at all of the positive feedback we've received and commend ourselves for what we're doing," she said of the neighborhood's response to VPM News. "We even got people to say they'll be driving all the way from Northern Virginia just for assistance."