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Thu Mar 8, 2018, 12:04 AM

The Salvation Army Is Opening Cheap Grocery Stores in America's Food Deserts

http://www.grubstreet.com/2018/03/salvation-army-opens-dmg-foods-grocery-chain-in-baltimore.html

"America's latest grocery disruptor? It's the Salvation Army. Baltimore today got the country's inaugural location of DMG (after the nonprofit's motto, 'Doing the Most Good.') Called the first-ever national nonprofit grocery chain, the goal is to bring good food to low-income residents in the country's food deserts. ... Baltimore's DMG features an on-site butcher, and premade meals and salads via partnership with the Maryland Food Bank. It's even got a house brand called Best Yet alongside other national brands."

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Reply The Salvation Army Is Opening Cheap Grocery Stores in America's Food Deserts (Original post)
betsuni Mar 2018 OP
Gabi Hayes Mar 2018 #1
AmandaRuth Mar 2018 #3
Gabi Hayes Mar 2018 #4
dweller Mar 2018 #2
left-of-center2012 Mar 2018 #5
democratisphere Mar 2018 #7
left-of-center2012 Mar 2018 #10
democratisphere Mar 2018 #11
democratisphere Mar 2018 #6
Hekate Mar 2018 #8
Raine Mar 2018 #9
NightWatcher Mar 2018 #12
betsuni Mar 2018 #14
betsuni Mar 2018 #13
crazycatlady Mar 2018 #15
MicaelS Mar 2018 #16
Lee-Lee Mar 2018 #17


Response to Gabi Hayes (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 8, 2018, 12:29 AM

3. yeah, very conflicted about this

salvation army is horrible no doubt, but the lines out the door on food bank days are heartbreaking up in my area. there is real need in rural america, i just wish it was a different org doing this

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Response to AmandaRuth (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 8, 2018, 12:40 AM

4. Same here, actually

 

Just hard to get past the religiously driven madness that causes such benighted attitudes

Imagine the percentage of Trump lovin ‘phobes that they’ll be helping

Irony rules the world

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Response to betsuni (Original post)

Thu Mar 8, 2018, 12:12 AM

2. feed the hungry

n/t

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Response to betsuni (Original post)

Thu Mar 8, 2018, 12:49 AM

5. I'm reminded of a woman I knew in the 1990's

She ran a church group in the U.S. southwest that took food baskets to the poor on local reservations.

I overheard her instructing some of the volunteers:
“If they don’t take a religious pamphlet, they don’t get the food.”

What would Jesus do?

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #5)

Thu Mar 8, 2018, 01:56 AM

7. He wouldn't be handing out pamphlets, he'd be handing out food in a Christ-like way.

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Response to democratisphere (Reply #7)

Thu Mar 8, 2018, 09:48 AM

10. ...

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #10)

Thu Mar 8, 2018, 10:31 AM

11. THIS.

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Response to betsuni (Original post)

Thu Mar 8, 2018, 01:47 AM

6. Where the hell is the great US government on this one?!

This country disgusts me more everyday!

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Response to betsuni (Original post)

Thu Mar 8, 2018, 03:04 AM

8. Good for them. Feed the hungry.

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Response to betsuni (Original post)

Thu Mar 8, 2018, 05:16 AM

9. Good for them

I don't care for some of their stands but I'm still glad they're doing this.

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Response to betsuni (Original post)

Thu Mar 8, 2018, 10:32 AM

12. Do they make you sit through a sermon before you can buy food?

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Response to NightWatcher (Reply #12)

Thu Mar 8, 2018, 10:54 AM

14. It's a grocery store.

Not George Orwell in "Down and Out in Paris and London" sitting through sermons to get bread and margarine.

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Response to betsuni (Original post)

Thu Mar 8, 2018, 10:46 AM

13. What the hell is with the negative comments?

I don't know anything about the Salvation Army, I just know that poor people need food. Hunger is no joke. I decided this year not to ever refer to myself as an atheist again, don't want to be associated with people who ... never mind.

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Response to betsuni (Reply #13)

Thu Mar 8, 2018, 11:22 AM

15. Because of the SA's history of discrimination

I wonder if they'd let a gay person in their store.

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Response to betsuni (Reply #13)

Thu Mar 8, 2018, 11:25 AM

16. Some people have to inject politics into everything.

They're feeding hungry people. THAT is all that matters to me.

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Response to betsuni (Original post)

Thu Mar 8, 2018, 11:46 AM

17. Thats a great plan to address that issue

 

I have mixed feeling in SA given their history, but when it comes down to it they are running with it and making those happen when nobody else is.

If nothing else this could be a model to be copied and emulated in more areas by local activists.

And if you do it with a progressive group you can combine it with more advocacy. Make sure your workers are unionized. Have a meeting/conference room you make available for community activists to use in the facility. For co-ops with other groups doing this for better buying power. Use the buying power of the co-op as it grows to force change on from the suppliers in how fake workers are paid. Support local farmers. Provide starter kits to let local residents hve small gardens and buy from them anything they grow that is more than they need.

So much potential in this kind of plan if you take it beyond a group like SA doing it.

But since they are doing it now and nobody else seems to be I will not cast stones at them when discussing this plan just because I don’t like other things they have done.

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