On Thurs., June 23, Hattie’s Food Hub officially opened its doors to Akron residents. Community members and Hattie Larlham supporters joined the celebration which included tours, cooking demonstrations and children’s activities. Following a short program, the Hattie’s Food Hub team of managers, job coaches and work training employees, stood together for the official ribbon cutting.
“Today is the result of an ongoing and positive conversation with our neighbors and the greater Akron community,” said Dotty Grexa vice president of vocational services at Hattie Larlham. “We are honored to be a part of this community. We hope to serve our neighbors for years to come.”
Sitting on a once-vacant lot at 395 Douglas Street, Hattie’s Food Hub is the new corner market in the Cedar-Douglas neighborhood. It provides access to fresh, locally grown produce. To encourage healthy eating and support better dietary choices, Hattie’s Food Hub will host cooking demonstrations, free of charge.
Hattie’s Food Hub is a strong addition to Northeast Ohio’s farm-to-table movement. Working with local growers and small start-up businesses, Hattie’s Food Hub supports the local food economy while changing the way the community eats.
“Access to fresh, local food is vital to the health and well-being of our community,” said Zac Rheinberger director of food operations at Hattie Larlham. “At Hattie’s Food Hub, we foresee a community which eats well, is well and treats each other well. We’re cultivating a community where everyone has a place at the table.”
Hattie’s Food Hub is open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. The food hub accepts cash, check and MasterCard, Visa and Discover credit cards and debit cards. EBT and WIC will be accepted soon. Starting in July, Hattie’s Food Hub farmer’s markets will accept Carrot Cash—an incentive-based program for families who receive government assistance.
Hattie’s Food Hub is a Hattie Larlham work training program. It creates 8-12 Akron employment opportunities for people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities. Working with guidance from job coaches, Hattie’s Food Hub employees develop the technical and social skills needed for competitive community employment.
About Hattie Larlham
Established in 1961, Hattie Larlham is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Twinsburg, Ohio. The organization provides residential, medical, recreational and work training services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout Northeast and Central Ohio. Statewide, 1,800 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities receive services from Hattie Larlham. For more information, visit www.hattielarlham.org.
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