Thank you for your interest in creating a grocery store in downtown Madison!
Madison’s community-supported grocery store project was developed out of three converging needs:
1) there is no full-service grocery store in downtown Madison
2) our community is losing food spending dollars to Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and other high-quality stores in Louisville and Cincinnati
3) a significant percentage of our downtown community is food-insecure and/or low-income.
Out of these three needs came a vision for a not-for-profit grocery store downtown that offers fresh, high-quality natural and conventional foods with a donor-supported tiered pricing structure to ensure affordability for all shoppers.
More than a grocery store, we intend to live out a food-based, community-oriented mission: through community and school gardens, nutrition and cooking education programs for at-risk groups, local grower support, and community kitchens, we intend to serve as a hub, centered around good food, for building health and community downtown.
If enough people donate at least $20, we can raise the funds we need to launch phase one: a feasibility study that will tell us not only IF our community can support a grocery store, but HOW to proceed in order to ensure success. This data will help us create a unique store just for Madison and give us the foundation we need to thrive for years to come.
Extra funds raised will be put toward the creation of the grocery store or, should the study determine that we should not proceed, we'll donate our extra funds to the House of Hope food pantry downtown.
Donating to this friends-and-family campaign means you are a foundational donor - one of our very first. It will be thanks to you that this project takes flight!
Thank you Madison Main Street for acting as the non-profit pass-through organization to make this fundraiser possible!
**Update, 5/7: Welcome, Courier readers! When we launched this campaign in the middle of a pandemic, we planned to ask only those family members and friends who we know are doing OK and would have an interest. Lots of people are in need of funds right now, and we figured, with us just being in the research phase, this wasn't the time to take attention away from that. But word gets around, and next thing we knew, we were being contacted by the newspaper! Thank you for clicking this way to learn about what we're cooking up. If you're super excited, feel free to donate while you're here - but know that we hope there will be plenty of other chances to donate in the future, when times are a little better. We will need our community's support every step of the way!**