East Side Eats Innovation Tour Highlights Detroit’s Hidden Market Gems

FoodTableScreenShot.750wDEGC Green Grocer Project hosted a bus tour in September to demonstrate how alternative grocery models, food co-ops and other innovative food businesses and Detroit organizations are serving as resources for fresh, healthy, local and affordable food offerings for residents.

Members of the southeastern Michigan TV, radio, print and online media and the community visited Red Truck at Gratiot Central Market where there were presentations by City Market, The Farmers Hand, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBSFSN) and Red Truck. The tour continued to Detroit Friends Potato Chips and On the Rise Bakery, whose successful food businesses help support their social missions. They also viewed the school garden at Davison Elementary, one of more than 60 DPS school gardens throughout the city, before arriving in Banglatown to meet with neighborhood grocers, food business owners and farmers.

The Green Grocer Project was started with a $500,000 grand from the Kresge Foundation to support Detroit’s grocery economy to improve the quality and quantity of fresh food offerings by providing technical assistance and façade improvement grants and financing assistance for grocery improvements and expansions. The Green Grocer Project has received funding from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and Hudson Weber Foundation to continue their work throughout the city of Detroit.

Today Detroit is home to more than 70 full-service, independently owned supermarkets, many of which still remain hidden business gems in the city.

Mimi Pledl

Green Grocer Program Manager


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