Bessemer’s Urban Market Discount Foods is bringing fresh affordable goods to the food desert now [PHOTOS]

Urban Market Discount Foods owner Mara Allen
Owner Mara Allen in front of the Alabama-grown produce at Urban Market Discount Foods. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

Bessemer’s Jonesboro community is a federally-designated food desert. Located just Southwest of downtown Bessemer, this low-income area hasn’t had ready access to fresh, affordable food…until now. Keep reading for the scoop on Urban Market Discount Foods and how they’re changing access to healthy food in the area.

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Amendment passed to increase access to healthy foods in Birmingham

Healthy food is important to all ages, but it’s essential to the healthy development of children. Photo via UAB Medicine.

Birmingham, AL is experiencing massive growth. That’s no surprise to any Bham Now readers. Recently, the city government passed legislation to meet a need Birmingham residents haveā€”lack of access to fresh and healthy foods.

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