New Non-Profit Grocery Store to Open in Franklinton
Jubilee Market, a non-profit grocery store and cafe set to serve the Franklinton community, will open Wednesday, May 16 at 1160 W. Broad St. A ribbon-cutting celebration will take place at 11 am.
Jubilee Market will provide much-needed access to Franklinton residents, who currently do not have a grocery store in their neighborhood. Opened by Lower Light Christian Health Center, the market is the latest addition to a series of “full-family health care” services provided by the center.
Franklinton has not had a grocery store for many years, leaving residents without transportation to rely on fast food restaurants and other, less nutritional options. Jubilee Market will provide a little extra help to those residents: Customers under 100 percent of the Federal Poverty Level are eligible to receive a 20 percent discount on fresh produce, while customers between 100 and 200 percent can receive a 15 percent discount.
“Having access to affordable, nutritious food is a key component of a healthy lifestyle and preventing and treating many chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease,” says Lower Lights Interim CEO Tracy Cloud.
“We are so thankful to those in our extended community who recognize this need and have generously contributed towards bringing this vision to fruition,” says Ann Schiele, chief strategy officer.
The grocery store, and cafe in partnership with Graze Catering, are part of the newly-renovated, former Anthony Thomas Candy Factory at the corner of Yale Avenue and West Broad. Lower Lights has been able to reach nearly $800,000 of their $1 million initial fundraising goal, and will continue to seek donations to keep the market running affordably.
For more information about Jubilee Market, including how to apply for the produce discount program, visit the Lower Lights Christian Health Center’s website.