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Fresh Start, Your Community Market is Open for Business
Second Harvest made history on January 7, 2013 as it opened the first nonprofit grocery store associated with a food bank, Fresh Start, Your Community Market.
Fresh Start will serve as a nonprofit grocery store and food pantry that’s open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. To shop at Fresh Start, a person must first obtain a no-cost Fresh Picks membership card. Community members who have a household income of less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines will qualify for membership. That means if you are a family of four and make less than $46,000, you may be eligible to shop. Membership will open access to the Fresh Picks Program. The Fresh Picks program is made possible through generous donors and provides food free of charge to Members.
Additionally, Fresh Start will open access to nutritious food at affordable pricing, utilizing multiple forms of payment including cash, debit and SNAP (formerly food stamps). Members are encouraged to shop at Fresh Start because it will help create sustainability for the community market. Members can take part in the Fresh Picks program once a week, but they can utilize other payment options as often as they like.
A critical component of Fresh Start will be its Empowerment Program. Fresh Start will train individuals through a 10-week program in retail best practices. These trainees will go through a one-week internship with a local retail store. At the completion of the program, Fresh Start graduates will be placed into employment in the retail industry.
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