Ray Trapp is a County Commissioner for District 2 in Guilford County. As someone who grew up on Phillips Avenue, he understands how food deserts damage public health and quality of life.

Outspoken about the need for this grocery store, Trapp lays out the dietary problems food deserts create. Trapp also highlights the advantages of a community-owned store and how it can build community health and wealth.

Trapp knows that the Phillips Avenue community is bought into the Renaissance Cooperative and ready to shop for fresh foods. The 1.34 million dollars spent for food every week by on Phillips Avenue is mostly going to corporate grocery stores located miles away. The opening of the RCC will improve public health and also redirect those dollars to community-lead initiatives.

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