Chicago’s Forty Acres Fresh Market On Ending ‘Food Apartheid’ In Black Communities
Elizabeth Abunaw’s journey to starting Forty Acres Fresh Market began in 2016, when she accidentally ended up somewhere in the West Side of Chicago on her way to run an errand. As soon as she got off the bus, she realized she was in unfamiliar territory. But she needed cash, so she looked up locations for her bank. There were none nearby.
Hoping to avoid unnecessary ATM fees, Abunaw then looked for drug stores where she could get cash back with a purchase. But there were no drug stores like CVS or Walgreens around. The same thing happened when she searched for grocery stores. There were none near her for more than a mile.