Holidays, birthdays, houseguests and other pleasant distractions have kept us preoccupied in the kitchen this week. We’ve mainly been whipping up reliable favorites or ordering in pizza to keep everyone fed and happy. So no recipe this week. But don’t worry, we’ll cook up something fresh next week.
Instead, I’d like to tell you about my latest USA Character Approved Blog post. One of the great things about writing pieces for this blog is discovering cool new things in food—everything from chefs to trends, restaurants, cookbooks and people working to help us all eat healthier. Stockbox Grocers is one of the coolest stories I’ve come across in a while.
Food deserts—urban neighborhoods and rural towns without ready access to fresh, healthy, affordable food—play a major role in our national epidemic of obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and other diet-related illnesses. Stockbox Grocers, the brainchild of two recent MBA graduates in Seattle, is attacking the problem with a business-savvy solution. They’re opening micro grocery stores in reclaimed shipping containers. The tiny stores have much lower start-up costs than opening big box supermarkets. And by carrying a limited stock of items people use frequently—milk, dairy, meat, produce, soup, cereal, spices, baking supplies and other staples—the stores produce a higher profit margin, encouraging entrepreneurs to open stores in underserved communities.
Their pilot program this fall in Seattle’s Delridge neighborhood was a big success both with the community and as a business model. To read more about the two women who are showing that doing good can be good business, check out my latest post on the USA Character Approved Blog.