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Salvation Army launches supermarket chain for food deserts

The Salvation Army is opening supermarkets in food deserts where traditional retailers hesitate to expand, reports Grub Street. The first DMG Foods, as the store is called, opened in Baltimore. Through a partnership with the Maryland Food Bank, this 7,000-square-foot store features an on-site butcher and premade meals and salads. The store wants to double the amount of food that people on SNAP can purchase. The name DMG derives from the Salvation Army's motto: "Doing the Most Good."

DMG Foods, which considers itself the very first national nonprofit grocery chain, aims to bring good food to low-income residents in the country’s food deserts, where residents have limited access to healthy foods at low cost, according to Salvation Army spokesman Gene Hogg. The Salvation Army has outlined no specific growth plans for this concept.

By Brannon Boswell

Managing Editor/SCT