Thanks to the Salvation Army, the country’s first not-for-profit grocery store just had its grand opening.
DMG Foods opened its doors in Baltimore last week. It’s a new concept from the charitable organization, created with the hopes of providing affordable, nutritious groceries to low-income residents in areas where healthy, cheap options are few and far between. (According to the USDA, almost all of northeast Baltimore qualifies as a “food desert,” meaning at least one-third of its population lives more than a mile from a grocery store.)
The name DMG comes from the Salvation Army’s motto, “doing the most good.” While smaller than an average supermarket, the store still houses an on-site butcher, a deli, and pre-made meals and salads, along with the standard stock. It will also provide social outreach in the forms of meal planning, nutritional guidance, shopping education and employee programs for workforce development, per the store’s website.
While there’s no official expansion plan yet, we hope it’s only a matter of time before more locations start popping up across the country.