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May 16, 2018

Gem City Market Announces Capital Campaign Kick-Off and Site Location with Ambassador Tony Hall

DAYTON, OH, May 10th – The Gem City Market movement is picking up speed in Dayton and will be announcing its new location plans and capital campaign kickoff on Wednesday, May 16th at 10:00am.  A brief press conference will be held at 400 Salem Avenue with former Congressman, Ambassador Tony Hall, announcing big news for the future of Dayton’s first worker and community-owned cooperative grocery store.

The Gem City Market will be a vibrant, community-centered, full-service grocery store located in one of Ohio’s largest food deserts along the Salem Avenue corridor, near downtown Dayton. The store will feature affordable, quality kitchen staples, including well-stocked fresh produce, meat, and bakery departments currently lacking in the target area. Specialty, local, and organic products will also make the market a unique draw. The Gem City Market will be different from a typical grocery store as it will be owned by its workers, customers, and supporters from the community.

Member-owners, hunger organization representatives, financial donors, and community leaders will be present, along with future neighborhood customers who will benefit most from the availability of affordable and nutritious food in the area.

This major investment in the Northwest side of Dayton is aiming to raise $4.2 million, over a third of which has already been committed. More than 920 memberships have been sold towards the goal of 2,000 by the time the market opens its doors.

Ambassador Hall, “We cannot thrive as a community if almost a third of our families with children cannot eat; we must stand with our neighbors.”

For more information contact Hall Hunger Initiative Manager, Etana Jacobi at EtanaJ.hhi@dayton-unitedway.org.

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