Dollar General is making a major commitment to providing access to food resources in rural and underserved communities.
The discounter, which currently offers fresh produce in more than 1,300 stores, plans to expand the offering in up to 10,000 locations, including a “meaningful” number of stores located in United States Department of Agriculture defined food deserts. The expansion comes as Dollar General has entered into an operational partnership with Feeding America to provide access to food resources in rural and underserved communities and to proactively address food insecurity across the country. Approximately 75% of Dollar General stores serve communities of 20,000 or fewer individuals.
One of Dollar General’s top initiatives in recent years has been the addition of freezer and cooler space in new and remodeled stores to allow stores to offer more refrigerated and frozen products. . More recently, the retailer has been adding fresh produce. Dollar General said its stores offering produce feature the top 20 items typically sold in grocery stores and approximately 80% of the produce categories carried by most grocers.Chain Storeage