Healthcare

Improving the community’s ability to live a full life by having access to the very best medical care, shelter, and quality foods and vegetables.

As you drive the district, from east to west, you can noticeably see how densely populated the area becomes, with more housing developments, apartment complexes, and sprawling business shopping centers that lay half vacant, a victim of suburban sprawl. At the helm of these shopping centers were grocery stores that provided both fresh fruits and vegetables and pharmacies. Over the past 20+ years, Baltimore County has repeatedly allowed grocery stores to close, creating food deserts in predominantly Black neighborhoods. We have over 11 grocery stores within the District, yet most of them are located along the Reisterstown Road corridor. Here are just a few of the grocery stores that have closed their doors:

  • Mars Grocery Store – Dogwood Shopping Center
  • Mars Grocery Store – Reisterstown Shopping Center
  • Food-A-Rama – Woodmoor Shopping Center (replaced by Family Dollar)
  • Giant Foods – Milford Mill Shopping Center
  • Shoppers, Rolling/Liberty Roads Shopping Center
  • Shoppers, Metro Square

To the resident that does not have access to reliable transportation, this is a disruption to their quality of life. Instead of having more money to put food on the table, they are forced to spend more time and money on transportation and delivery fees to access the fresh fruits and vegetables initially within walking distance.

Tony understands that to improve the quality of life for residents; we need a strategy that addresses all aspects of food access, going beyond food retail to include food assistance and food production, as well as the steps necessary to engage stakeholders across the food system. Tony’s strategy includes:

  • Increasing the availability of healthy and fresh foods at a local small
    grocery, corner, and convenience stores
  • Working to ensure that existing supermarkets and grocery stores continue to
    serve residents
  • Working to attract new stores to underserved areas
  • Addressing transportation gaps that impact food accessibility
  • Supporting rural and urban agriculture

STRATEGY

    • Improve small grocery, corner, and convenience stores.
    • Use federal nutrition assistance programs as a framework for increasing
      health food at stores
    • Support innovative retail models that generate wealth in historically
      marginalized communities.

  1. Retain and attract supermarkets
    • Work to ensure that existing supermarkets and grocery stores continue to
      serve residents and work to attract stores to underserved areas
    • Develop funding, incentives
    • Provide technical assistance to new and existing stores

  2. Maximize the impact of nutrition assistance and meal programs
    • Increase the impact of SNAP and WIC
    • Increase the impact of food pantries
    • Increase participation in federal meal programs

  3. Support rural and urban agriculture
    • Protect and prioritize appropriate parcels of land for agricultural
      purposes
    • Increase opportunities for growing, buying, and selling locally grown and
      produced products

  4. Address transportation gaps that impact food access
    • Support innovative strategies and organizations creating transit-related
      solutions
# Grocery Stores within the District Grocery Stores Directly Outside the District
01 International Food Market Inc 7004 Reisterstown Rd, Baltimore, MD 21215
Colonial Village Shopping Center
Food Lion 8508 Liberty Rd Randallstown, MD 21133
02 Safeway 10335 Reisterstown Rd, Owings Mills, MD 21117 Garrison Forest
Plaza
Giant Food 10210 Mill Run Cir, Owings Mills, MD 21117
03 Giant Foods 3757 Old Court Rd, Pikesville, MD 21208 Centre Court Giant Food 11604 Reisterstown Rd, Reisterstown, MD 21136 Cherry Valley
Plaza Shopping Center
04 Graul’s Market 12200 Tullamore Rd, Timonium, MD 21093 Weis 9251 Lakeside Blvd, Owings Mills, MD 21117
05 Thr Fresh Market 2510 Quarry Lake Dr, Baltimore, MD 21209 Quarry Lake Weis 7005 Security Blvd, Windsor Mill, MD 21244 Security Square Mall
06 Trader Joe’s 1809 Reisterstown Rd, Pikesville, MD 21208 Woodholme
Shopping Center
Walmart Supercenter 8730 Liberty Rd, Randallstown, MD 21133 Liberty
Plaza
09 Aldi’s 9616 Reisterstown Rd #101, Owings Mills, MD 21117 Valley Centre ShopRite of Howard Park (Baltimore City) 4601 Liberty Heights Ave,
Howard Park, MD 21207
08 Safeway 2801 Smith Ave, Baltimore, MD 21209 Greenspring Shopping Center Harvest Fare Supermarket 5708 Wabash Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215 Northwest
Plaza
09 Giant Foods 6620 Reisterstown Rd, Baltimore, MD 21215 Reisterstown Road
Plaza
10 Save A Lot 6836 Reisterstown Rd, Baltimore, MD 21215 Fallstaff Shopping
Center
111 Seven Mile Market 201 Reisterstown Rd, Pikesville, MD 21208
12 Market Maven 1630 Reisterstown Rd, Pikesville, MD 21208
13 Target Reisterstown Rd Pikesville, MD
14 Target Reisterstown Rd Owings Mills, MD