Desert Spoon Community Market
Desert Spoon strives to dismantle the systemic inequities in community food access. Providing low-income and underserved communities with access to healthy food requires intervention and action.
In January 2019, the sole grocery store serving the Rio Grande neighborhood closed, leaving the densely populated low-income community a food desert. With a population density of 8,442 residents per square mile, a median annual household income of $22,895, 67% of children living below the poverty level, and high rates of food related diseases among a predominantly hispanic population, increasing access to healthy foods in this region is a priority as evidenced by the 2017 Food for Every Child Report prepared by the The Food Trust.
As the region’s first nonprofit grocery store, Desert Spoon Community Market will bridge the gap to healthy food access. The presence of a brick-and-mortar market will provide a much needed stable source of healthy food, employment, and food empowerment in the Rio Grande district.