YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Officials cut the ribbon Tuesday morning for the Glenwood Fresh Market in Youngstown.
It’s been a long time since people on the south side of Youngstown and neighborhood communities have had a place to get fresh fruits and vegetables right in their own neighborhood. Mayor Tito Browns remembers when they could.
“I knew when the produce came there was gonna be fresh produce. My grandmother would go out. My mother would go out. The community would come out,” Brown said.
The store, located at 2915 Glenwood Ave., will offer fresh produce free of charge for residents who meet income guidelines and have underlying health conditions, saving them from having to travel to Liberty or Boardman to buy what they need at today’s rising prices.
“The seniors that need this – they don’t have it. We can come shop and get fresh fruits and vegetables. This is awesome,” said Yvonne Scott of Youngstown.
Those who are eligible for the free services are SNAP Benefit recipients and households living under the 200% of Federal Poverty Guidelines. Those who qualify will receive credits worth $25 per month for each eligible member of the household.
“We eat a lot of vegetables and fruits. If we didn’t have this here, we’d have to go out and it’s expensive right now. The prices are higher and higher,” said Tina Lambe, of Struthers.
Having the market closer to home means a lot to Lisa Ross.
“I don’t have to go to Boardman. I don’t have to go to Liberty. I can just go on my side of town,” she said.
Other services include free health screenings, nutrition literacy courses, cooking demonstrations and other resources for members.
The market is open Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.