Food deserts describe “areas that lack access to affordable fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lowfat milk, and other foods that make up the full range of a healthy diet,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They’re probably not as uncommon in your own backyard as you might think—many neighborhoods face the problem of being a 10-15 walk away from healthy food.

People’s Community Market is a startup grocery store a decade in the making, and its goal is to redress West Oakland’s lack of fresh food sources. Compared to San Francisco’s bounty of markets and groceries, West Oakland has stayed limited in options. The new market is not only going to offer fresh, quality food at affordable prices for residents, but also run educational classes, workshops, health services, and a “positive gather space” meant for building community through music and general socializing.

The non-profit organization People’s Grocery is the force behind this for-profit solution, along with Grub Box (community-supported agriculture box) and Mobile Market (fresh food truck) for locals.

Two-thirds of their targeted budget has already been successfully raised. Now the organization is looking to sell shares to Cali residents, in order to raise the rest. If remainder is raised in time, the projected grand opening will be late next year.

[via Fast Co.Exist]