Campaign for Quality Supermarkets

The Northeast Ohio Alliance for Hope (NOAH) is organizing to implement high quality supermarkets in our neighborhoods and needs your help.

We ask for the cooperation of Cuyahoga County to allocate resources to support the implementation of high quality supermarkets and Community Benefits Agreements that seek to promote cooperation and accountability among residents, storeowners and local government.

We believe that the public sector has a responsibility to address disparate access to high quality supermarkets in our county. This petition represents the support of everyday Cuyahoga County residents who believe that fair access to supermarkets is a pressing need in our neighborhoods.

To build opportunities for everyone to have a fair chance to be healthy, we urge Cuyahoga County to support improved access to high quality supermarkets in under-resourced communities.

Residents in East Cleveland and other under-resourced communities are more likely to suffer from chronic diseases and live shorter lives compared to residents in the rest of the county.

High quality supermarkets provide jobs, an increased tax base, healthy and affordable food and attract and stabilize other local businesses. We believe that improved access to high quality supermarkets should be a strategic priority for Cuyahoga County Leadership.

There are recent successful examples in the City of Euclid and in the Buckeye Neighborhood in Cleveland of community-based supermarket implementation projects. Collaboration among local and county government and strong resident participation were integral to providing high quality, stable supermarket access for neighborhoods that previously did not exist.

We ask that Cuyahoga County considers the importance of building wealth within communities most affected by supermarket access issues.

Strategies may include the prioritization of funding for storeowners who live in or reflect the communities that they serve, or who are committed to providing meaningful community benefits such as hiring local, providing community meeting space or budget transparency.

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Cuyahoga County supermarket work receives national recognition

CUYAHOGA COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH RECEIVES 2018 NACCHO MODEL PRACTICE AWARD
CCBH is one of 29 health departments nationwide to be honored for excellence
The Cuyahoga County Board of Health was presented with the 2018 Model Practice Award by the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) at its annual conference in July. The award recognizes local health departments for developing programs that demonstrate exemplary and replicable practices in response to a critical local public health need.
CCBH’s award-winning program, “Implementing High Quality Supermarkets Through Community Organizing and Public Health,” highlights the power of coalition building and resident participation as ways to address unjust access and supermarket quality. The program also focuses on associated issues such as community-based collaboration, employment, and resident quality of life.
OVERVIEW CCBH organized a coalition with the intent of developing a high-quality supermarket in a working-class neighborhood in the city of Euclid, an area with low access to grocery items. The supermarket implementation process was unique as it involved direct participation from nearly 600 local residents. The group offered feedback and oversight in order to ensure food quality standards, to establish and maintain relevance to the neighborhood, and to build trust and accountability with the store owner.
$650,000 was secured by CCBH from a state funding source and the City of Euclid provided $125,000 from its storefront renovation program, which is supported by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The supermarket now employs 45 workers and sales of fresh produce have exceeded $400,000 in the first ten months of operation.

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Supermarket Strategy and Policy Coalition Meeting Announcement

You are Invited to the Supermarket Strategy and Policy Coalition Meeting

Tuesday December 5th
10:30am-12:00pm
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 HIP-Cuyahoga‘s 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 rsikes@ccbh.net

HIP-Cuyahoga met over 500 people this past weekend!

HIP-Cuyahoga was thrilled to meet (and give a healthy snack to) over 500 people at the past weekend’s events. On Saturday, HIP-Cuyahoga celebrated with the City of East Cleveland, as the Salvation Army hosted a block party, that included music, food, performances, and a resource fair. On Sunday, we went to support the open streets concelt with CiCLEvia Central. Over a mile of Community College and Quincy were blocked off from automobiles, so that people could participate in non-auto activities like zumba, walking, dancing, bicycling and more! HIP-Cuyahoga helped spread the word from our growing group of partners and community residents, about good food here stores, shared use sites, how to become a community health champion, where to get produce from a farmers’ market, and how to get involved. This weekend, we’ll be at Wade Oval as part of the All City Community Celebration, hosted by Cecil Shorts III. HIP-Cuyahoga will be there from 12:00 – 3:00 pm – stop by and see us!