A new, fresh food market is coming to Linden.
The Linden Fresh Market is a free food market with pharmacy access that is funded by the City of Columbus, the Healthy Families Healthy Neighborhoods Reality Collaborative, and Columbus Next Generation Corporation. The new market will be built at 1464 Cleveland Ave.
“Through a $1.5 million dollar investment by the City of Columbus, this property will be transformed,” said Mayor Ginther in a press release. “The Linden Fresh Market will fill a hole in the neighborhood for access to fresh food and prescriptions.
This investment to renovate the property will allow Community Development for All People, the Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio and Nationwide Children’s Hospital to provide programming that will help to address health disparities and advance the One Linden Community Plan’s Support Resident Health Big Idea.
“The new market that will be launched by Community Development for All People is a testimony to the fact that so many people are eager to eat healthier, in order to live healthier,” said Rev. John Edgar, Executive Director of Community Development for All People. “During the COVID-19 pandemic that is unfolding amid the legacy of generations of racial inequities, access to quality food is a social determinant of health that matters more than ever before. Simply put: food is medicine.”
Community Development for All People launched a similar concept on Parsons Avenue in 2018 that is now one of the highest volume distribution sites in central Ohio.
Construction of the Linden Fresh Market is expected to begin in September with the goal of opening the market in early spring 2021.