Correction: This was written by the editor-in-chief, and not an intern. I made an assumption based on the tone. My mistake, and my humblest apologies. I also know there are working class and poor people in Mount Pleasant, and I also know that it is getting harder and harder for them to remain there. Which is why the article should have addressed any part of what Aldi offers to the lower rungs of the socio-economic scale in terms of access to healthful affordable food. Just this past week regular Columnist Jessie Kelly just pointed out that Charleston is the foodie capital of the South, but downtown is a food desert for working people. There were SO MANY ways to write about Aldi, and food equity, especially in the face of the Trump administration proposing a $200 million dollar cut to SNAP and WIC programs. People will need to find a grocery store that working classes can afford. We can't all spend hundreds of dollars a week at the monument to 1st-world excess that is Whole Foods. Food equity is a serious issue in Charleston. Perhaps next time, the editor should dig a little deeper, even if the issues surrounding the topic aren't of personal concern to them. People need to know there is a healthy and affordable alternative.
This article is basically the POV of a privileged person who didn't bother to do her research. ALDI addresses several major issues we face as a nation. Allow me to explain them, since this intern didn't bother in the article she wrote for a newspaper. 1. The obesity epidemic. Struggling Americans face food deserts and a basic lack of nutritional, healthy, and affordable food. Aldi purposefully places their stores in areas which break up food deserts, which is why this location is wasted on the wealthy people people of Mt. P. This article itself illustrates how privilege can create bias owing to lifestyle marketing. 2. They hire from the community and pay a competitive wage, with benefits. 3. Their food is ethically sourced and sustainable. We all need to use our dollars to create a better world. 4. Reduced packaging pledge. We are killing our planet and no amount of young republican snark is going to change that. I could go on. Many people rely on ALDI to feed their families safe, healthy, and affordable food. A more interesting article would have been from a parent who could suddenly aford to feed their family well, but instead we get this snotty drivel from a seemingly privileged intern. What a waste of a GREAT topic. Please do better next time City Paper, and maybe assign articles regarding equity in food supply to actual writers.
So well deserved. Bravo youngblood.
You really sound like a great neighbor, btw, one I would LOVE to swim with, and how the hell do you know where I live? Accusing the management of being racist is a serious accusation that one shouldn't bandy about. I happen to know the management personally, and you are so far off base it borders on slander. Did you know there are laws against making false claims like discrimination on the basis of color? And let me guess, you're white? But you don't have the courage to put your name on your comments, so I guess we will never know.
I disagree. Mixon has opened its doors countless times for the Mixon Maker's Market, where they welcome all kinds of people. They also put on concerts for the public, at their expense. I don't live there by the way, but I see they are constantly holding community events, just look at their calendar. I grew up on the west coast though, the land of the gated community. We didn't get mad when we couldn't swim in the pools, we just understood that you had to live in a place for the benefits to apply. I don't get mad at the Holiday Inn if I can't swim there without a reservation. That's not snobby or elitist, it's just the way things are :/ Most planned communities don't ever open their doors to the general public, y'all are just mad cause they have a pool you can't swim in. Be honest.
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