Little Red Box is all about Good Food. For All. We are reimagining the old model of grocery retail – think of us as a neighborhood bodega meets curbside pick-up, with a focus on community engagement and empowerment – in order to eradicate food deserts.
Approximately 40 million Americans, including 5 million Texans, live in communities with low access to fresh and healthy foods and high access to unhealthy alternatives, and where a trip to the grocery store is oftentimes a tradeoff between convenience, cost, and choice. These areas are called food deserts, and their very existence is unacceptable.
Why? Because universal access to good food is integral to the vitality of all communities. Good food doesn’t just nourish bodies and minds, it can spur new investment into our neighborhoods and prove once and for all that food deserts don’t have to exist if we let imagination and innovation prevail. If there was ever a time to prioritize access – and action – it is now.
We’re starting with one brick-and-mortar store in Galveston’s North of Broadway neighborhood, and will steadily expand until the conversation is no longer ‘Why is this?’, but rather ‘What can this become?’ Join us.
A 'Little' Back Story
The Little Red Box was once a thing that turned into an idea. In 1898, a newly-arrived immigrant opened up Joe Lung Café on what is now Sixth Street and San Jacinto in downtown Austin.
On Fridays, farm families would sell their produce and bring ‘Grandpa Joe’ money for safekeeping in his trademark 'little red box,' which he would use to lend to folks who couldn’t go to the banks, especially minorities. All was done on a handshake; he never lost a dime for his generosity.
Grandpa Joe was my great grandfather, and the values exhibited in his story - kindness, equity, trust - were foundational to the idea of this version of the Little Red Box. They are our way to carry on his legacy of access.
- Sam Newman, founder