LifeStyles of Maryland, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 1998 that seeks to provide affordable, accessible services, activities and goods to support and encourage individuals, families, and community development. Lifestyles is using HFFI financing to create the Mobile Food Markets of Southern Maryland, an innovative food retail venture that will eliminate three food deserts in rural Southern Maryland. Focusing on an area where the average distance to a grocery store is 7-20 miles, Lifestyles will sell fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy products, breads and cereals. This project will also include a food delivery service for disabled and elderly populations who cannot access the Mobile Markets. Not only will the Mobile Markets address food insecurity in Southern Maryland, but will also provide access to farm fresh food choices and a new genre of food shopping to average consumers. This project will create 24 new full-time jobs for TANF and low-income individuals. You can find more information here.
Source of money: HFFI CED Program