A shopper picks out vegetables at the Garfield Park Grocery Pop-Up. Credit: Provided

GARFIELD PARK — Garfield Park organizers have relaunched their neighborhood pop-up grocery store as the area searches for a permanent grocer.

The store opened on Monday at 4316 W. Madison St. It will run 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday through until April 29. Meat, dairy and produce will be available, according to an announcement.

Credit cards, cash and Link Illinois are accepted forms of payment. The store will match up to $25 in purchases with Link cards and provide another $25 worth of fruits and vegetables.

The pop-up is organized by the Garfield Park Community Council, West Side United, Rush Hospital and other members of the Rite to Wellness Collective. Organizers are pushing to increase access to healthy and affordable food while laying the groundwork for a future grocery store in our neighborhood. 

West Garfield Park and other surrounding neighborhoods are food deserts after Aldi abruptly closed in the area, along with an exodus of other stores.

The City Council approved a plan last year to buy the former Aldi so it can be reopened as a grocery store.

There will also be a community survey for shoppers at the pop-up to give feedback on the store and future grocery plans.

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