Simon’s Supermarket Grand Opening

Grand Opening of Full Service Supermarket in Euclid, OH

Saturday, February 4, 2017
12:00 pm
Simon’s Supermarket
25831 Euclid Avenue, Euclid, OH 44132

Over Super Bowl weekend, residents are invited to enjoy free food, fellowship, giveaways and a raffle to celebrate the Grand Opening of Simon’s Supermarket in Euclid.

The opening of the new Simon’s Supermarket is the result of a collaboration that took place among Euclid residents, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health’s Creating Healthy Communities Program, the City of Euclid, and the Healthy Food for Ohio (HFFO) Program.  Funding for the development of the store includes $650,000 in flexible capital from HFFO and $125,000 from the City of Euclid’s HUD-funded Storefront Renovation Program.

Simon’s Supermarket will employ 60 local residents and offers high quality, affordable groceries in a Euclid neighborhood known as a food desert. The surrounding neighborhood was considered a food desert area characterized by higher rates of poverty and reduced access to full-service supermarkets. The presence of Simon’s Supermarket helps to address these important public health issues.

Neighborhood supermarkets are critically important to the creation of healthy communities as well as the development of local job opportunities.  This project addresses both of those issues while also serving as an example of what can be accomplished through community based coalition building and collective investment.

Click here to read a success story about Simon’s Supermarket


Simon's Grand Opening Flier

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Supermarket closures will expand food deserts

Supermarket chain Giant Eagle announced that they will be closing two Cleveland stores within the next two months. Area residents and local officials were surprised by the news, since the stores are cornerstones in their respective neighborhoods, providing healthy food access, banking and pharmacy services along with 120 local jobs. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson wrote a letter asking Giant Eagle why the stores will be closed, and he, along with patrons and local community organizations await their response. Cleveland City Council passed a resolution on January 11th, urging the store chain to keep these two stores open. Cleveland residents showed their discontent for the west side store’s closure this past Saturday, with a protest supported by Cleveland City Councilmembers Brian Kazy and Zack Reid and Cuyahoga Council representative Dale Miller.

HIP-Cuyahoga has worked for years to raise awareness about how healthy food access is not equally distributed across Cuyahoga County. Half of the people in Cleveland live farther than a half mile from a grocery store. Additionally, more than 60% of Cleveland residents living in a food desert are people of color. The closure of the two Giant Eagle Supermarkets will only make the situation worse for these two urban core neighborhoods.

The Buckeye-Shaker SquareDevelopment Corporation is costing a community forum at their location – 11802 Buckeye Rd. in Cleveland on the subject of the closure of the two stores on Thursday, January 19th, 2017 at 5:30-7:00 pm.

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Food Access Raises Everyone – an Update

The report Food Access Raises Everyone: A Collaborative, Comprehensive Approach to a Healthier Cleveland and Cuyahoga County is complete and available for viewing here.

This report is the result of the year-long FARE planning and assessment process. Thank you again to all of you who participated in the process. We hope you enjoy the report and please share it with others!

As a reminder, this is a shorter report based on a longer document: Food Access in Cleveland – Cuyahoga County: Needs Assessment & Recommendations. The Food Trust created the longer document by synthesizing all information provided by local stakeholders through phone calls, meetings, site visits, convening breakout sessions, worksheets and surveys.

FARE advisors and participants then selected parts they most wanted to share in order to highlight new opportunities for partners to collaborate, funders to provide support and residents to get involved. This shorter report is a result of that process. It is organized into program areas, with the recognition that each program is not operating in isolation, but rather, as a piece of a larger, comprehensive movement. Specific examples are included in order to offer inspiration and identify areas of intersection that may not have occurred to readers before.

The goal is to celebrate and inform readers about existing work, share paths for collaboration and provide information and suggestions for people to integrate into their own planning processes.

We hope the report is a useful tool for your work and that you will pass it along!


As we announced in our last newsletter in December, The Food Trust was awarded a grant from Saint Luke’s Foundation to move forward with the implementation of a “Collaborative, Comprehensive Approach to a Healthier Cleveland and Cuyahoga County.” Over a period of two years, The Food Trust will work closely with Cleveland partners to provide technical assistance and support local strategic planning efforts, leverage additional resources and share successful strategies. This model will build the capacity of and increase coordination among local partners so they can continue to improve health outcomes for residents well beyond the two-year project.
As part of the process, a coordinated Cleveland/Cuyahoga-Philadelphia team structure will be created, and a small staff will be hired to support the project, including a full-time Project Director in Cleveland. That Director will lead the implementation described above and will be based in Cleveland, working closely with The Food Trust staff in Philadelphia and creating a pipeline for technical assistance and resources from The Food Trust’s various program leaders. Soon after the Project Director is identified, another Cleveland-based employee will be hired to support the project.

A job description for the Cleveland Project Director can be found by clicking here.
If you are interested in applying or have anyone in mind that could be a great fit for this role, please let us know!