For the past few weeks we have been talking about Food Deserts– areas (primarily low income neighborhoods) where it is difficult to access nutritious and healthful food items. An innovative approach to solving the Food Desert issue in the Seattle area is Stockbox. Their concept uses reclaimed shipping containers as grocery store fronts for food access in Desert areas.
We were hoping to visit the first Stockbox location set up in Delridge, South Seattle. We found though, that this was an 8 week pilot program for Stockbox and it just ended. Fortunately, the concept was very successful and Stockbox is looking forward to opening a permanent Stockbox grocery location in the Seattle area in spring of 2012.
As the program came to an end, the Delridge Stockbox was working to sell their remaining inventory. Although we were not able to visit the location, this advertised sale gave us a peak into some of their impressive offerings: 7th Generation, Method, Newman’s Own, Campbell’s, Hunts, Annie’s, and Western Family. Stock up on beans, tomato sauce, soup, cereal, spices, baking supplies, condiments, and other staples.
We are looking forward visiting the future permanent Stockbox location. We will post a blog update when this does happen and keep you posted on other innovative efforts seeking to solve the issue of Food Deserts.