Representative Stivers Celebrates Groundbreaking of Vinton County Grocery Store
Today, Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) joined Senator Bob Peterson, Representative Ryan Smith, and Finance Fund President and CEO Diana Turoff at the groundbreaking of Campbell’s Market – signaling the end of the food desert status in Vinton County. Since 2013, Vinton County has been without a grocery store, and residents have been forced to travel up to 30 minutes to Athens, Chillicothe, Logan or Jackson to shop for fresh fruits, vegetables, and meat.
“For far too long, the residents of Vinton County have lacked convenient access to healthy foods,” Stivers said. “I am proud to have joined with Senator Peterson and Representative Smith to work with Finance Fund in this truly collaborative effort to end the food desert in Vinton County. I also want to extend my thanks to Richard Campbell for bringing his business to Vinton County, and look forward to celebrating the Grand Opening of Campbell’s Market this summer.”
The Finance Fund was awarded $2 million in federal funding through the U.S. Treasury’s Healthy Foods Financing Initiative to help provide healthy foods across Ohio. Campbell’s Market will benefit from a financing grant and loan package of $1.58 million from the Finance Fund Capital Corporation. The federal dollars, combined with state seed funding, helped to leverage private funding for the grocery store, making this a true public/private partnership.
Campbell’s Market, which will be located near Vinton County High School in McArthur, is scheduled to be completed and open in August 2017.