'Harvest Boxes': Grocers fear for business, patrons' health
RANKIN, Pa. (AP) — Finding fresh food in this tiny riverside community that was hit hard by the steel industry's decline has always been a challenge. Then, seven years ago, Carl's Cafe opened.
The grocery store, near new government housing, offers cooking classes and a source of fresh, healthy food. Proprietor Carl Lewis even has customers sign a pledge: If he provides fresh produce, they'll buy it. Five such purchases, and they get their sixth free.
About half his customers pay with benefits from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, so the government's proposal to replace... read more