Montgomery County Commissioner Judy Dodge held a grand opening for The Market @ Wright Stop Plaza at Third and Main Streets in downtown Dayton. The Market is a partnership between Montgomery County, Greater Dayton RTA, Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County, and Homefull. The Market will be open to serve the public with the sale of fruits and vegetables, Tuesday through Thursday, from Noon – 6 p.m. Local produce will be available for sale during the growing season.
“This Market could be a real turning point for many people in our community,” explained Commissioner Dodge. “The Market will have cooking and meal preparation demonstrations, nutrition education and focus on local producers. These resources will give people the opportunity to make a positive impact on their own health and wellbeing.“
“We are truly excited about the latest addition to our Wright Stop Plaza Concourse. Having fresh fruits and vegetables available to our customers in the hub will save time and in many cases fill a void as they often live in neighborhoods without access to fresh food products,” said Mark Donaghy, CEO for Greater Dayton RTA. “I applaud the County Commissioners for their leadership in making this concept a reality for those who rely on public transportation for their mobility needs. Good nutrition should never be out of reach for any family, no matter where they live! RTA is proud to partner in this effort, we know it will be a huge success.”
Montgomery County Health Commissioner Jeffrey Cooper explained, “Public Health is excited about being involved in this partnership with those who share our goal of finding new and exciting ways to make produce, fresh fruits, and wholesome food more available to those who may not currently have easy access. We all know better eating and plenty of exercise moves us toward improved health.”
“Homefull is so excited to be a part of this initiative. We recognize the systemic issues to homelessness are hunger and poverty so for us to be a part of this project really helps further our mission of ending homelessness,” added Tina Patterson, CEO of Homefull. “The Market @ Wright Stop Plaza provides access to fresh, healthy food choices using Food Assistance Program Benefits (EBT) making fresh produce and healthy alternatives a reality for those on limited budgets.”
Visit the Market’s Facebook page for more information at www.facebook.com/marketwsp.