“UPLIFT AND PARTNERS TO BRING FOOD ACCESS TO A COMMUNITY IN NEED”
Westville, NJ August 8, 2017–Uplift is working to eliminate a food desert in Waterloo, Iowa. Local developer, Rodney Anderson received a unanimous approval from the City Council to move ahead with a plan to build a supermarket in the Walnut neighborhood. A locally owned and run supermarket is the vision of developer, Rodney Anderson who was born and raised in Waterloo. The 26,000-square foot supermarket will bring health food access to a neighborhood who has not had a grocery store in over a decade.
What is now an empty lot in a community without food access, will soon be a supermarket full of fresh and healthy food which will be in walking distance for many in the in the Walnut neighborhood. The supermarket will bring up to 80 jobs to the community. Uplift, a national nonprofit with expertise in developing supermarkets in underserviced communities is a partner on the project.
We are thrilled to be working in Waterloo with Mr. Anderson. A supermarket does more than sell food. It also builds up a community and can become an anchor to fulling community needs and ensure consistent access to fresh and affordable health food.”-Atif Bostic, Uplift’s Executive Director
Uplift is working with Central Holdings, LLC, to obtain federal, state, and local incentives to create a financing package that benefits all stakeholders involved. In addition, Uplift is working to develop tan overall business plan and technical assistance package to secure a successful supermarket business in the Waterloo community. These services include but are not limited to community engagement, marketing support, and vetting and hiring a General Manager for the store.
Uplift, to strengthen, heal & inspire; is a national consultancy that supports food businesses, governments, nonprofits, healthcare systems and more to create access to food, access to healthcare, access to capital and access to jobs in underserved communities.
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