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PA Fresh Food Financing Initiative: Case Study of Rural Grocery Store Investments

Topic Healthy Food

Study examines the long-term impact of the Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative (FFFI) on rural grocery stores. With support provided by the Convergence Partnership Fund of Tides Foundation, Reinvestment Fund collected qualitative and quantitative data from FFFI-financed stores in counties in the northern and southwest/south central parts of Pennsylvania. Information gathered from store owners include how FFFI financing had affected their ability to access credit, stay in business, carry new lines of products (including fresh foods and produce) and stimulate economic activity in their communities.

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