WARREN — The Ohio Finance Fund has awarded a $25,000 grant to Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership.
This grant is provided through the Healthy Food for Ohio program, a public-private partnership that provides loans and grants for food retailers developing food retail in lower-income Ohio communities.
This funding will allow Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership to assist local convenience stores in upgrading equipment, in turn increasing their ability to sell fresh fruits and vegetables.
“This funding represents a great stepping stone to bolstering infrastructure at community stores, providing the necessary refrigeration resources to help sustain their fresh produce offerings," said Christian Bennett, TNP’s Food Access Coordinator, in a news release. "Through our partnerships and community organizing, we continue to open doors for the residents of Warren to educate and challenge the mindsets on how important it is to have accessible healthy foods within our communities.”
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began last winter, local convenience stores and the residents who rely on them for food retail have faced many obstacles in healthy food accessibility and affordability, according to the news release.