Financial Accessibility of Lancaster Central Market
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My research focus was on the financial accessibility of Central Market (CM) compared to other grocers in Lancaster for the city’s food insecure population. CM is physically accessible because it is within walking distance of anywhere in the city, but food prices there are often perceived as being too expensive for the underserved population. CM’s 2005 Master Plan states that “[it is] the responsibility of local government to ensure access to food by all of its citizens” (p. 7), asserting that CM, as a municipally-owned market, has a responsibility to provide physical as well as financial access to food. To investigate whether CM is meeting that responsibility, I compared its prices with seven local grocery stores to see what the cheapest options are. CM was the cheapest option for produce but one of the most expensive in all other categories. Aldi was the cheapest seller overall. This project was made possible by funding from the Multi Disciplinary Student-Faculty Projects in the Humanities Grant.
Poster presented at the 2016 Autumn Research Fair at Franklin and Marshall College