Ruth Mott’s grant provides a Fresh Start toward adding to local grocery scene

Ruth Mott’s grant provides a Fresh Start toward adding to local grocery scene
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North Flint’s food and nutrition options will continue expanding with the announcement of funding to support a new supermarket development.

Pastor Patrick Sanders’ (Fresh Start) grocery  is among this years’ Ruth Mott Foundation-funded initiatives.

Among 17 grants, the Fresh Start Community Development Center was awarded $250,000 to help launch what’s being described as an affordable outlet for nutritional produce and other healthy retail options.

New Jerusalem Full Gospel Baptist Church’s pastor Patrick Sanders discussed plans this year to open a grocery store at a 30,000-square-foot site near downtown as an outgrowth of efforts through Fresh Start. The program focuses on promoting nutrition and other empowerment initiatives in underserved areas of Flint. Fresh Start has sponsored a pop-up grocery store throughout the city since its formation in 2014.

The supermarket project grant is part of $1.4 million recently approved by the Ruth Mott Foundation’s board.

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Local grocers gain ground in Flint

Flint Fresh delivery program continues to gain momentum

Flint’s food landscape shows signs of new life

Lead image courtesy of blackdoctor.org

 

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