Warner bill expanding access to healthy foods could be oasis in Petersburg’s food deserts



a sign in front of a building: This Food Lion, located on the site of the old Walnut Mall in Petersburg, is one of two national grocery chains — the other being Walmart — located within the Petersburg city limits. A bill from Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Virginia, would establish financial incentives for food providers to build and expand operations in so-called 'food deserts.'


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This Food Lion, located on the site of the old Walnut Mall in Petersburg, is one of two national grocery chains — the other being Walmart — located within the Petersburg city limits. A bill from Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Virginia, would establish financial incentives for food providers to build and expand operations in so-called ‘food deserts.’

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner is the chief patron of bipartisan legislation that creates incentives to increase access to groceries in underserved communities — including Petersburg — commonly referred to as “food deserts” due to their lack of adequate numbers of supermarkets within them.

The bipartisan Healthy Food Access for All Americans (HFAAA) Act, introduced Wednesday in the Senate by Warner, D-Virginia, and three other senators, would create tax credits and onetime grants for entities to establish and expand operations that make it easier to get nutritious foods

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Fried food is a fixture in most people’s diets and, admit it, that probably includes you. It has earned itself a solid reputation as an artery-clogging but oh-so-comforting binge-eating staple. And now that being health-conscious is more than a passing trend, people are finding ways to have French fries without getting caught with grease on their hands. Enter the air fryer: the Jetsonian kitchen tool that promises deep-fried crispiness with a fraction of the fat.

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Heartsmart’s Condiments: Healthy food can be tasty food

The steady growth of the agro processing sub-sector from a modest and little-regarded pursuit used mostly to subsidize the incomes of poor families to what, in some instances, are, these days, significant investments in the manufacture of condiments from locally grown fruit and vegetables, is, arguably, one of the recent noteworthy successes in the agro-processing sector.

 Time was when agro processed produce was vended mostly in hastily wrapped paper and plastic packages and from in bottles that often raised questions about the sanitation bona fides of the products themselves.  How things have changed! These days, the manufacture of these fruit and vegetable-based snacks, condiments and seasonings is subject to the strict food safety oversight protocols that are embedded in the law; so that even the smallest ‘manufacturer’ of agro produce, these days, must comply with at least minimum factory, presentation and sanitation standards that are subject to enforcement and transgression

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