Supermarket Strategy and Policy Coalition

Working to improve Cuyahoga County's supermarket landscape

Some communities concentrated in Cuyahoga County’s urban core and inner ring suburbs lack access to supermarkets that provide healthy food, jobs, community services, and economic stability for neighborhoods. This lack of access disproportionately affects people of color and low-income residents. Supermarkets are vital to residents, by providing, healthy, affordable food. Supermarkets are community anchors, providing jobs, economic development, community connections and neighborhood stabilization. Collaboration, municipal support, and community engagement can ensure effective supermarket implementation.

The Supermarket Access Group formed in 2017, as a result of a the Cuyahoga County Supermarket Access Assessment. This assessment found that over 450,000 people in Cuyahoga County are living in a “food desert” (a high poverty census tract that is over 1/2 mile from a supermarket). The assessment also found a connection between the food desert locations and the chronic disease rates. People living in a food desert are more likely to be living in a neighborhood that experiences high rates of death from heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer. Healthy eating plays a major role in preventing and treating these chronic conditions.

Cuyahoga County Supermarket Assessment 2017

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Supermarkets should be accessible to everyone in Cuyahoga County

Access to high quality and affordable supermarkets is an urgent and cross cutting issue for communities in Cuyahoga County. Supermarkets impact public health, access to jobs and healthy food, neighborhood stability, tax revenue, and quality of life. Particularly for lower income neighborhoods in Cuyahoga County, supermarket access and “food deserts” deeply affect day to day living.  A central goal of this work is to improve access to high quality and affordable supermarkets in low-income neighborhoods across Cuyahoga County.

Click here to read a case study about the Simon’s Supermarket implementation in Euclid, Ohio.  A strong collaboration between City of Euclid, Cuyahoga County Board of Health and community residents resulted in this successful supermarket implementation. Sign up HERE to get involved with this work.

Supermarket Strategy and Policy Coalition Meeting Announcement

You are Invited to the Supermarket Strategy and Policy Coalition Meeting

Tuesday December 5, 2017

East Cleveland Public Library – Lower Auditorium

14101 Euclid Ave.
East Cleveland, OH 44112

The purpose of the Supermarket Coalition is to organize and align residents, storeowners, local/regional governments and funders to implement and stabilize high quality supermarkets in low-income neighborhoods in Cuyahoga County.  At the meeting we will cover:

1) Active supermarket projects in Cuyahoga County including: Euclid, Bedford, Cleveland
2) Community organizing strategies to prioritize resident feedback regarding store implementation. How can we support?
3) Policies to support high quality supermarket implementation + stabilization. Funding and accountability measures such as “clawbacks” to promote good actor supermarkets (local hiring, resident feedback requirements, local entrepreneurship opportunities, living wages, time commitments, produce commitments etc.)

The Supermarket Coalition is part of our Healthy Eating and Active Living Subcommittee.  More information about Supermarket Access in Cuyahoga County can be found at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health’s website HERE.

Contact and to RSVP: Roger Sikes at 216-903-3283 or