Birmingham City Council approves ordinance to increase healthy food options

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The Birmingham City Council approved of a new ordinance that will expand the options of healthy foods and produce around the city Tuesday.

As part of the ordinance, dollar stores will not be able to operate within a one-mile radius of grocery stores. The city claims these discount stores offer little to no healthy food options and divert customers and revenue from grocery stores.

Restrictions on parking and square footage requirements for grocery stores is also loosened by the ordinance, meaning mobile grocery stores will be able to operate on community sites.

Councilor John Hilliard said he was happy to see the ordinance passed.

“People wonder why kids in public schools don’t pay attention. It’s because they’re hungry and we have huge areas in our city where people don’t have anything to eat besides high-fructose, high-sodium junk food. This ordinance is about empowering our neighborhoods by opening the door for more community gardens. People are now going to be able to have a better opportunity to provide for themselves and their neighbors.”

Councilor John Hilliard

To see the full multifaceted ordinance, click here.

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