There were many strategies discussed by North End residents for how to expand affordable fresh and healthy food access. These ideas mostly focused around expanding the current grassroots efforts, as well as working to establish a grocery or market with healthy food options within the community.
Residents also discussed alternative models, which demonstrated a concern that many residents had about the topic in general. While the introduction of traditional groceries and small markets might technically address the availability of fresh foods, this would only remove the physical access barrier, and not the many economic barriers that residents face. Building on cooperative models like Fresh Stop, and low-cost community-maintained models like Seedleaf’s community gardens can help expand food access, but in order for the problem to be fully addressed, more systemic issues need to be considered.