In a post on the White House blog authored by Kathleen Merrigan, Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, New Haven's Elm City Market received high marks. The local store is highlighted for demonstrating "just how much progress our country is making when it comes to healthy food access." The blog goes on to point out that "in New Haven, Connecticut, a city where one in four people live in poverty, a Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan from USDA helped construct the first full-service grocery store in the inner city in 2011. Elm City Market created 100 new jobs for local residents with salaries starting at twice the minimum wage. But the community didn’t stop there: the store is sourcing over half of its products from producers within 200 miles of the city. "
And the concluding update... "The store reports brisk business, serving community members that previously lacked access to the products grown just miles away from them."