Linden Neighborhood Conversation

Robin Davis
Director of Media Relations
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Melanie Crabill
Communications Manager
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Media Advisory
News Date: July 24, 2020

City of Columbus and Partners Announce Linden Fresh Foods Market

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and community leaders announced a free food market with pharmacy access funded by the City, the Healthy Families Healthy Neighborhoods Reality Collaborative and Columbus Next Generation Corporation. The Linden Fresh Market will be built on the site of the former Eagle Market, located at 1464 Cleveland Avenue. 

“Through a $1.5 million dollar investment by the City of Columbus, this property will be transformed,” said Mayor Ginther.  “The Linden Fresh Market will fill a hole in the neighborhood for access to fresh food and prescriptions.”

This investment to renovate a former nuisance property will allow Community Development for All People, the Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio and Nationwide Children’s Hospital to provide programming that will help to address health disparities and advance the One Linden Community Plan’s Support Resident Health Big Idea.

“The new market that will be launched by Community Development for All People is a testimony to the fact that so many people are eager to eat healthier, in order to live healthier,” said Rev. John Edgar, Executive Director of Community Development for All People. “During the COVID-19 pandemic that is unfolding amid the legacy of generations of racial inequities, access to quality food is a social determinant of health that matters more than ever before.  Simply put: food is medicine.”

Community Development for All People launched a similar concept on Parsons Avenue in 2018 that is now one of the highest volume distribution sites in central Ohio.

Construction of the Linden Fresh Market is expected to begin in September and will be serving the residents of Linden by early spring 2021.

Linden Fresh Market represents just one of the many investments the city and community partners are making to advance the One Linden Plan announced in 2018. Other commitments include a new Linden Community Recreation Center currently under construction, a new fire station on Oakland Park, housing by Homeport and Habitat for Humanity, and redesign of Hudson Avenue.