AUSTIN — Thanks to a local food startup’s efforts and $335,000 in new grants, Forty Acres Fresh Market will expand its pop-up markets and food delivery service in Austin — bringing it one step closer to opening an affordable grocery store in the neighborhood.
Forty Acres recently won a $185,000 grant to develop an affordable grocery store in Austin from the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, a U.S. Department of Agriculture program that aims to expand access to healthy foods in under-resourced areas. The food startup also received $150,000 from the American Heart Association’s social impact fund in August.
The startup grocer currently operates a three-day monthly market starting the second Friday of each month at 5051 W. Chicago Ave. Abunaw also sets up smaller produce stands at farmers markets in the area, like the weekly Tuesday market at PCC Austin Farm, 330 N. Lotus Ave.
Her company also runs a daily evening delivery service for fresh produce which lets Chicago residents order items a la carte, and also has $5, $10 and $15 produce boxes
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