Warren Church Evaluates Community Interest in Creating Co-op Grocery Store
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Warren Church Evaluates Community Interest in Creating Co-op Grocery Store




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Warren Church Evaluates Community Interest in Creating Co-op Grocery Store

Warren Church Evaluates Community Interest in Creating Co-op Grocery Store

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The oldest African-American church has started a community conversation about creating a food co-op or community grocery store in Warren.

They invited residents and community leaders to Grace African Methodist Episcopal Church to gauge interest in building and operating a community grocery store to help bring fresh food to Warren residents.

“We know that collectively, if we work together, we can do our part to solve this problem of food insecurity,” said Pastor Shane Floyd.

The founder and president of Gem City Market in Dayton explained how people came together over five years to open their own food co-op grocery store.

At the time, Dayton ranked second in the nation for food insecurity.

“With a co-op, it’s just one member and one share. It gives you the opportunity to vote, to run on the board to guide and shape the direction of the market. Sometimes you can get member discounts and things like that. I think that’s part of the solution,” said Amaha Sellassie, founder and board chair of Gem City Market.

Surveys have been distributed to determine if this is something Warren residents want to pursue.

Church leaders tell us that a study will be conducted and decisions will be based on data.

State Senator Nick Santucci and Warren Mayor Doug Franklin, along with some city council members, are on board.

The founder of Gem City Market emphasized that changes in your environment can come from within your community.

“I think the main thing is the support of the community and knowing that we can provide solutions to our own problems,” Sellassie said.