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Good Food Markets Grand Opening in Ward 8

Attend the Grand Opening of the newest Good Food Market as they open their doors in Ward 8.

The third District Good Foods Market location will open for business at 4001 South Capitol St. SW on Wednesday, Nov. 10th. You’re invited to the official Grand Opening Celebration the following Saturday, Nov. 13.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be a live DJ, amazing in-store discounts, and loads of free samples. There will also be plenty of raffles and giveaways– including a free Thanksgiving turkey!

A Grand Opening ribbon-cutting celebration is scheduled for 11:30 am on Saturday, November 13. The event is expected to feature remarks by Mayor Bowser; Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White, Sr.; Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development John Falcicchio; Bellevue Neighborhood Citizens Association President Kemi Morten; and ANC 8D Chair Monique Diop.

“ANC8D is proud to welcome Good Foods Markets into our Bellevue neighborhood. It has been a long time coming for a convenient, walkable, affordable grocery store to arrive in our community,” said Diop (8D04), who chairs the commission that represents the Bellevue neighborhood. “Our Commission is honored to have been able to support this effort and to have been a part of the journey to end a portion of our food disparity in Ward 8.”

The development was funded by a mix of private and public resources. In addition to a loan through the Bainum Family Foundation’s Food Security Initiative, the project received a BizCAP loan from the DC Department of Insurance Securities and Banking, a Healthy Food Retail grant from the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development, and a Neighborhood Prosperity Fund grant from the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED).

Good Food Markets offers fresh produce, essential groceries and freshly made prepared food, and it will house a dining room as well as a community room for meetings. A full-service cafe at the Bellevue store will begin operating in the new year.

When the cafe opens, total employment for the store is estimated at 15 people. The store will also host health education events for adults and children, and partner with community organizations to provide residents with tools to stay healthy. Other Good Food Markets locations have hosted more than 400 such programs since 2015.

Throughout the pandemic, Good Food Markets has provided emergency food to nonprofits and delivered more than 540,000 meals worth of groceries in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

“Good Food Markets in Ward 8 is the collective effort of more than 30 individuals and organizations over the past five years,” said Philip Sambol, Good Food Markets’ executive director. “All have contributed to a food access vision beyond just fresh produce and healthy food. With the meeting room, café, and a wealth of organizations active in the neighborhood, Good Food Markets can become a space to gather, share and contribute to the community.”

The Good Foods Market mission is to improve food access and community health. By providing fresh healthy food, hosting fun educational events and collaborating with neighborhood groups including parent nonprofit Oasis Community Partners, the market works to democratize wellness in underserved communities.

Operating hours at this location will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Learn More about Good Food Markets by visiting http://www.goodfoodmarkets.com/

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