Recently, I received an email from one of my readers asking did I know that Walgreens located at 8528 S Cottage Grove was selling Pork Chitterlings. Some may ask what are Chitterlings? Pork Chitterlings are the intestines of pigs. Some consider Chitterlings a delicacy while others find them disgusting. What makes this an issue is that Walgreens history is that they are a pharmacy. Also, hypertension is a major cause of death in the African American community. So the irony here is the same company that sells products to help extend life is also selling products that end life.
This past Tuesday, First lady Michelle Obama visited the Walgreen's store at 75th Dan Ryan located in the Chatham community. She received a tour around the store by Walgreen officials touting their "healthy" food options of fresh fruits and vegetables. they touted they are doing business with local African American vendors and they have a clinic inside the store. The first lady praised them in their efforts to reduce the "food desert" on the southside of Chicago. The only problem is they did not show her Aunt Bessie's Pork Chitterlings in the freezer section.
So I asked Walgreen's why were they selling Pork Chitterlings. Their response was as follows:
We serve a wide variety of customers and recognize that some options aren’t for everyone. Your readers should also know that this location is one of the many in Chicago where we've expanded the healthy food offerings by adding things like fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, whole grain pasta and other basic healthy meal components.
We appreciate your feedback and will certainly take it into consideration
So do you think Walgreen's will remove Pork Chittelings?