Dayton's Bluff Affordable Grocery Store

Approximately 3 years ago,sitting at the table with my wife having dinner, we dreamt of starting  something that would challenge us and make us surrender our lives everyday to see it happen. We had a deep passion to end food insecurity in 10 majors cities. We couldn't think of how it would happen. 

 

As  I was sitting in an airport coming back from a training to train more urban churches,I had my eureka moment. My aha' moment and  these words came to mind "Every church a grocery store". A couple of weeks later, the dream started to become a real reality not just a shadow of thoughts. 

 

We as a church started to see a vision become funded by God alone and not just a business venture but a movement being birthed in our neighborhood. We will be seeing the physical representation of an affordable grocery store in the next 18 months. We are excited to be sharing this with all of those who have a heart for our vision. 

 

I literally had the worst day, beat up , and needed a real faith injection that it was all worth it. Before I lay everything out I want to just say that God is in the business of reaching his people!


The StoreHouse

There are always good reasons to have grocery stores, but I believe the food story a neighborhood tells is important. So I derived through conversation 5 reasons why a neighborhood needs a grocery store.



1. The only story the neighborhood knows for food comes from a corner store.



This is important because this tells us why people dont like the word healthy and why they have an aversion to it.



2. The packaging for the elderly outweigh the serving size and the difficulty of opening packaging.



The elderly have a hard time opening up packages and serving sizes mean they cant eat all the food they purchase.



3. You no longer need a bus pass to buy your groceries.



Transportation is a major issue and people don't have enough money to buy groceries. Families make decisions about transportation before they buy food.


 


4. Neighborhood grocery stores create generational community.


 


Most grocery stores phase out in 15 years with something new or bigger for the community.

The neighborhood grocery can operate without competition.



5. A neighborhood grocery store could change the trajectory of a family's story on how they access food.



When we look at the rate that families struggle with food security, smaller grocery stores in communities are able to clampdown on food shortage.



When we look around at neighborhoods gentrifying, a grocery store can determine two things: it can further gentrify or it can restore the families in the neighborhood. 


Our plan is for restoration!!