Public-private partnership addresses West End food desert

July 12, 2018
Cash Savers Grocery Teams with Dare to Care, Catholic Charities, and Louisville Metro Government to open retail food shop.
 
In one of Louisville’s deepest food deserts, The Oasis will open on July 12 to sell frozen meats, vegetables, and fruits to the community.  The Oasis is a collaboration of Cash Savers Cost Plus Food Store, Catholic Charities of Louisville, Dare to Care Food Bank, and Louisville Metro Government.  The store will be in the lobby of Catholic Charities’ Sister Visitor Center located at 2235 West Market.
 
People living in the neighborhoods surrounding Sister Visitor Center do not have access to healthy, retail groceries because of geographic, transportation, and financial barriers.  The Freezer will provide affordable and accessible frozen options, including protein, vegetables, and sometimes fruit.  Other nutritionally-dense options, like rice and grains, also may be available.  Opening items for sale include frozen items such as boneless and skinless chicken breasts, pork loin, ground beef, mixed vegetables, broccoli, collard greens, and other items that can make a healthy meal.  
 
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will cut the ribbon and make the first purchase on Thursday, July 12, at 10 am.  
 
Dare to Care Food Bank is a local nonprofit agency with a mission to lead the community to feed the hungry and conquer the cycle of need.  In the past twelve months, Dare to Care distributed food for over 20 million meals to eight Kentucky and five Indiana counties.  Dare to Care, through its Community Kitchen, serves 34 Kids Cafes in neighborhood afterschool locations and operates Backpack Buddy weekend nutrition programs in 38 Kentuckiana elementary schools.  Learn more at daretocare.org.