IN THE PRESS
Here are some publications that have featured Forty Acres Fresh Market
What Walmart's pullback from Chicago says about Corporate America's limits
APR 15, 2023
The largest retailer in the country announced plans this week to close four of its eight stores in the city, citing growing financial losses. Three are in predominantly Black and low-income neighborhoods, and their closures with little warning mean residents — including elderly citizens and people without reliable transportation — will have to travel further to buy groceries and pick up their medications.
Black-owned grocery startup in Chicago rakes in funding
SEP 27, 2022
Created in honor of Wally Amos, the founder of Famous Amos, the Ingredients for Success Entrepreneurs Initiative aims to provide promising Black business owners with capital and coaching resources. More than 3,200 owners vied for this year’s funding round
Celebrating Black History Makers: Liz Abunaw Is Working To Conquer Food Inequality With Forty Acres Fresh Market
FEB 27, 2021
During Black History Month, we're taking a look at people making a difference. One of our History Makers is working to conquer food inequality in Chicago. Liz Abunaw has always had a passion for food.
CBS News Weekend Roundup w/ Allison Keyes Kaleidoscope segment
FEB 26, 2021
In this week's Unifying America edition of the Kaleidoscope, we speak with Liz Abunaw, a Black woman who founded a grocery store pop up and delivery service in the predominantly African American Austin neighborhood on the Chicago's West Side.
Five Black businesses making a difference in their communities and thriving despite COVID-19
FEB 24, 2021
"There was nobody accountable for this situation of why neighborhoods don't have affordable food," Abunaw explained. She deliberately chooses not to use the phrase "food desert" because, as Abunaw explains, deserts imply a naturally occurring phenomenon whereas apartheid points to man-made systemic issues plaguing underserved communities.
Chicago woman brings fresh produce to city's West Side with Forty Acres Fresh Market
FEB 08, 2021
Austin is the city of Chicago's second largest neighborhood in terms of population, and it's predominantly Black with lower and middle class residents. Yet it has no fresh food stores — just chains and fast food restaurants. Liz Abunaw is working to change that.
Business owner opens grocery store pop-up to ease food desert frustrations in Austin
JAN 30, 2021
With all the possibilities, Abunaw said there are still some deficiencies. The West Side neighborhood has struggled for years to keep a grocery store and businesses are drying up as well. Abunaw said it was something that hit the first time she stumbled into the area in 2016.
The Forty Acres Fresh Market Opens in the Austin Neighborhood
JAN 18, 2021
Food deserts plague plenty of neighborhoods near and around the City of Chicago. Many of the Chicago neighborhoods are considered food deserts where affordable, healthy, and nutritional foods are hard to find. The Forty Acres Fresh Market plans to do its part to meet the Austin neighborhood’s needs by creating a local food market.
Chicago’s Forty Acres Fresh Market On Ending ‘Food Apartheid’ In Black Communities
JUN 03, 2020
Elizabeth Abunaw’s journey to starting Forty Acres Fresh Market began in 2016, when she accidentally ended up somewhere in the West Side of Chicago on her way to run an errand. As soon as she got off the bus, she realized she was in unfamiliar territory. But she needed cash, so she looked up locations for her bank. There were none nearby.
American Heart Association Social Impact Fund targets health on South, West Sides
SEP 11, 2019
A pop-up fresh produce market in Austin; a tech-based, fresh food delivery start-up in Roseland, and a race and health equity focused nonprofit on the Near West Side are among 11 initiatives to improve the health of marginalized communities nationwide being funded by a Social Impact Fund launched by the American Heart Association.
Fresh market popup returns to Austin this weekend
MAY 9, 2019
The event – presented by Forty Acres Fresh Market and the Austin Av 72 Chicago SSA – will offer a large selection of affordable produce, recipe demonstrations, free samples and special Mother’s Day giveaways. Food featured by The Black Cat Kitchen and Chef Maria also will be featured.
Liz Abunaw, fresh food entrepreneur
FEB 27, 2018
Liz Abunaw, originally from upstate New York, worked in produce sales for General Mills and came to study business and social entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago in 2012. She wanted to see businesses bringing real solutions to social problems — not do-gooding as a public relations act.