At 4:30 p.m., Thurs., June 23, Hattie’s Food Hub officially opens its doors to Akron residents. Sitting on a once-vacant lot at 395 Douglas Street, Hattie’s Food Hub is the new corner market in the Cedar-Douglas neighborhood, providing access to fresh, locally grown produce. The grand opening is a family-friendly, community event featuring tours of the 4,400 square-foot facility, cooking demonstrations, children’s activities and a 6 p.m. ribbon cutting ceremony.
“We listened to what our neighbors in this community needed. Access to fresh produce was a big concern,” said Dotty Grexa vice president of vocational services at Hattie Larlham. “We were already developing a produce processing operation in this area. In response to the needs of people who live nearby, as well as downtown Akron commuters, we expanded the original plan and increased the size of our market. We are honored to be a part of this community and hope to serve our neighbors for years to come.”
To encourage healthy eating and support better dietary choices, Hattie’s Food Hub will host cooking demonstrations, free of charge. Residents learn how to cook quick, healthy meals for their families with food purchased at Hattie’s Food Hub. 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. This is 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.
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.
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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