By Tory Field and Beverly Bell
Part 22 of the Harvesting Justice series
Deepa Panchang co-authored this article.
Photo courtesy of People’s Grocery
The neighborhood of West Oakland in California has long been without a large grocery store, let alone one that offers healthy, fresh food. With unemployment at about 10% and nearly half the population of 30,000 residents living at or below the poverty line, West Oakland is a neighborhood that grocery store chains have claimed isn’t able to sustain a full-functioning store.