Currently one in every four people in Baltimore do not have access to a full supermarket, due to the inaccessibility of supermarkets and low income, citizens have had to settle for less nutritional meals and sometimes no meals.
Thankfully the city of Baltimore is taking action to open new doors for the less fortunate families that cannot access large supermarkets. These actions include: free lunches at school for students, after school food programs, and most recently, tax breaks for grocers.
How could tax breaks be helpful one may ask, well it’s quite intriguing actually. Grocers can potentially have 80% of their property tax deducted, in some instances that can save an upwards of $100,000 annually.
As a result of so much money being saved ,store owners will be able to purchase more nutritional food, improve store quality, and even expand store size. This would bring healthier groceries into neighborhoods and provide citizens with the ability to purchase groceries closer to home.
“The tax break would be nice. It feels good being able to provide people with healthier foods instead of eating fast food,” says Michael Plasencia, a manager for Harvest Foods, a local Sacramento grocery store.
These methods from Baltimore potentially could be very helpful to its citizens; So, what would happen if we brought these same tax breaks to Sacramento? Well, unfortunately the impact wouldn’t be as significant only because Sacramento does not have as many families living in poverty as Baltimore, but this does not mean there would be no improvements.
Still, everyday in our own city some people do not have access to grocery stores. These tax breaks would allow corner stores in our city to improve their selection, quality and size. Also, these tax breaks wouldn’t have as substantial of losses as it does in Baltimore due to Sacramento having a lower population of poverty stricken families.
So ideally, the tax breaks in Baltimore would benefit any city, some more then others. Hopefully many other major cities with high populations of families in poverty follow in the footsteps of Baltimore, as it could potentially save lives and benefit the youth of our nation in many ways.