KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Six convenience stores in Kansas City, Mo., now stock fresh fruits and vegetables, thanks to a partnership with Kanbe’s Markets, KSHB-TV reports. The stores have designated areas for the fresh produce.
“I think it's a really good idea. I’m surprised to see it,” said Michael Fields, a resident who recently shopped at one of the stores. “We've seen bananas in convenience stores for some time, but now we have apples, oranges, tomatoes, potatoes, onions.”
The nonprofit Kanbe’s Markets has been working with stores in areas lacking access to fresh produce that’s accessible and affordable. “It’s 2018. Everybody should have access to affordable, fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables,” said Maxfield Kaniger, the organization’s founder. “All of the sales have come from people coming in to buy a bag of chips and seeing this is there and getting excited about it and wanting to do that.”
Kanbe’s will be working with eight additional stores in the Kansas City area to bring in fresh produce. For more on how convenience stores are working with their local communities on initiatives like this, visit NACS reFresh.