NEW YORK - JANUARY 13: A grocer arranges mangoes in the produce section at Whole Foods January 13, 2005 in New York City. New eating guidelines issued by the U.S. government stress the need to eat more vegetables, fruits and whole grains and to excercise between 30-90 minutes a day to promote good health. (Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)
The Deerfield-based retailer on Wednesday unveiled six locations where customers can find nearly 750 new food items including fresh fruits and vegetables, frozen meats and fish, pasta, rice, beans, eggs and whole grain cereals. Four other stores will have the food items by the end of the month.
"This is a great step forward in addressing the challenge of neighborhoods that have limited availability of healthy foods, and I want to thank Walgreens for its commitment to making Chicago a better place and helping Chicagoans live healthier lives," Chicago Mayor Richard Daley said in a written statement.
Speaking outside a Grand Crossing store he toured Wednesday, the mayor said he met with company officials last year and urged them to sell healthy food at stores in neighborhoods that lack enough grocery stores, the Chicago Tribune reported.
"To me, this is an example of people working together on behalf of the entire community," he said.
The expanded food selection is now available at the following Walgreens locations:
Four additional locations will be completed by the end of the month, including:
More than 600,000 Chicago residents live in neighborhoods that are either lacking or too far away from conventional grocery stores, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.