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Local farmer's market to receive award to expand affordable, healthy groceries

Posted: 4:38 PM, Jul 21, 2017
Updated: 2017-07-21 16:38:03-04

Sanwa Farmer's Market is set to expand access to healthy, fresh food in the Tampa area after they received a big award on Friday. 

CDC of Tampa, Inc. will award $400,000 to Sanwa Farmer's Market to help increase access to healthy foods and create 12 new jobs in East Tampa.

The hidden gem along Hillsborough Avenue provides a local option to grocery shopping -- where you can find fresh produce at cheaper prices, bulk grocery items, meats and refrigerated and frozen goods. 

The partnership has already created six jobs for low-income residents, as well as additional management level positions.

East Tampa is often referred to as a food desert, for the lack of big boxed grocery outlets , but Sanwa Farmer's Market has become a big influence in the community.