New article on rural grocery stores in Illinois from Illinois Issues / WUIS

Rural food deserts: Increasingly, small-town grocery stores are shutting down

A new article is out from Illinois Issues / WUIS on the challenges and opportunities faced by small, independent grocery stores in rural Illinois. The article, which quotes IIRA’s Sean Park extensively, details a worrying trend of closures but provides examples of communities that are fighting back by reinvesting in their grocery store. For example, Nauvoo, IL led a successful community investment campaign that is expected to lead to the reopening of its store later this month. Read the article, and then visit IIRA’s rural grocery store resource page for ideas on how to maintain convenient food access in your community.

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