November 15, 2021

ACTION’s pop-up market seeks to bring fresh produce into Youngstown food desert

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Friday, ACTION hosted one of its pop-up farmers markets.

It is part of an 18-week plan to get more fresh produce into Youngstown’s food desert.

“Youngstown in 2018 was designated a food desert, meaning there are not grocery stores within one mile of most city people,” said Coordinator Sonja Voytko.

That affects people like Pamela Moore, who lives on the west side.

“The closest grocery store to me is Save-a-Lot in Austintown or Giant Eagle in Austintown,” Moore said. “It’s about 7 or 8 miles.”

That’s about a 15-minute drive.

She’s a regular at the pop-up markets. This is her third one of the summer.

One woman from McDonald came to the pop-up by a happy accident when a friend invited her.

“I’m so excited to see a pop-up farmers…

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