DETROIT (WWJ) – Growing Detroit’s local food network by increasing the access to nutritious food. That’s what Charter One Bank hopes to do with the $100,000 grant donation through it’s Growing Communities program in Eastern Market.

Mayor Dave Bing tells WWJ that he thinks it’s a great idea:

“People come down here – they shop – they get to know each other, and I think that is so important because we’ve got to reconnect people to the community,” said Bing. “And that’s what this is all about.”

For Goodness Sake’s owner Barbara Hedgepath says it great for her company. “Having visibility and building your brand … it’s a huge part of marketing and it’s so expensive sometimes, it’s just impossible,” she said.

“You keep plugging along, but something like this will take you to the next level,” added Hedgepath.

Some of the grants will help vendors at Eastern Market with signage and custom stands and other grants will help graduates of urban farmer training programs launch small businesses.

While other grant money will also be used to expand the reach of nine farmer’s markets in the city.


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