KANSAS CIY, Mo. - In a move to reduce the problem of inner-city food deserts, the Menorah Legacy Foundation has made a $17,000 grant to support and expand the Good Natured Market at Harvest Leaning Center, 3400 Woodland Avenue.
The market - located in the basement of a church - has been making locally grown, healthy food available in the Ivanhoe neighborhood for almost a year.
The store was started with help from the WK Kellogg Foundation, Menorah Legacy, Good Natured Family Farms and Ball's Foods. Through its Beans & Greens program, the Menorah Legacy Foundation provides matching funds when customers' food stamp funds are spent on qualifying, healthy food items.
Now the Foundation has made a $17,000 grant that the store will use to create employment opportunities, subsidize the high utility costs of refrigerated food storage and create an enclosed, farmer's-market type area at the entrance to the store.
The store is open from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.