New food market opens in Franklinton 'food desert'

Franklinton has been called a food desert to those who live there. They have some convenience store options and plenty of fast food options. But now, Jubilee Market & Cafe is giving neighbors the chance to buy healthy foods. (WSYX/WTTE)

Franklinton has been called a food desert to those who live there. They have some convenience store options and plenty of fast food options. But now, Jubilee Market & Cafe is giving neighbors the chance to buy healthy foods.

Michelle Pauley is excited about the opening and had to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new grocery store.

"When I heard of the plans for it, i was like, hurry, hurry, " Pauley said.

Pauley has lived in Franklinton for five years. She has no car, so her grocery shopping consists of shopping a lot a convenience stores.

"I would buy canned foods, no vegetables whatsoever, but now, look at all of the options, " she said.

Bringing healthier food options to an area known as a 'Food Desert" is the goal of Jubilee Market & Cafe.

Within about a 2.5-mile radius the only option for neighbors has been fast food and convenience stores.

Lower Lights Christian Health Center opened the market because of its clients.

"Nutrition is an integral part of health and what we were finding is that many of our patients were dealing with chronic conditions, " said Tracy Cloud the interim CEO of Lower Light Christian Health Center.

She says having a market in the neighborhood helps with preventing some of these conditions.

"Diabetes, heart disease, obesity are some of the conditions we are seeing. And we found that our patients didn't really have access to help treat and prevent some of the chronic illnesses," said Cloud.

To help keep the cost affordable the market is working with the community and partners to keep costs down.

There are also programs available for those who need it to help curb some of the costs of produce.

Jubilee Market & Cafe is located at 1160 West Broad Street.


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