West Dayton is disenfranchised! There are no healthy food selections in west Dayton. To buy healthy food you need a car. These are bleak narratives that are true nevertheless. When the Kroger store on Smithville decided to close their doors, RTA stepped up and offered to bus east Dayton residents for FREE to a Centerville Kroger. One may ask, “Where were such opportunities when Kroger on Gettysburg closed shop?” “Obsolete!” would be a fitting answer. Dayton has the worst infant mortality rate among Ohioans. A black child is three more times likely to die than a white child. These startling statistics are believed to be directly correlated to the redlining practices that have left urban areas depleted of resources and access to quality food.
The Greater Dayton Union Co-op (GDUCI) has been watching these correlations and stepped up to initiate change. GDUCI plans include building a food co-op for the people by the people to reduce food scarcity in and about west Dayton. GDUCI believes that GEM CITY MARKET can make Dayton healthy again. Using models from highly successful community owned grocery chains, GDUCI plans on empowering west Daytonians to regain access to high quality foods. Gem City Market’s success depends on the cooperation of west Daytonians like YOU! To find out how you can become and member, visit www.gemcitymarket.com.