Salvation Army is opening nonprofit grocery stores to put healthy food options in areas that are food deserts. It’s the country’s first nonprofit grocery store — the goal of the store is introducing a sustainable model so that communities can eat healthier, smarter and cheaper.
It’s called DMA foods, referring to Salvation Army’s motto of “doing the most good.” The first location just opened in northeast Baltimore, Maryland. The store targets people who live in an area, where it’s harder for them to get to a grocery store. DMG is partnering with the Maryland Food Bank, which allows it to have an on-site butcher, a deli counter, and pre-made meals and salads, that will teach people about the health value of food. The store will also have education sessions on how to prepare and select healthy meals, as well as cooking demos to teach people about nutrition. It sells national brand items and its own brand called “Best Yet.”
According to the Salvation Army, the grocery store is the first to combine social service and a traditional grocery shopping experience. The Baltimore store is a test store and, if it goes well, the Salvation Army plans on opening more stores in food desert areas all over the country.