South Dallas Church Brings Food Market to Community – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
When the leaders of Cornerstone Baptist Church saw the need for healthy, fresh food in their South Dallas community, they looked for a solution. The answer? Southpoint Community Market, a small non-profit grocery store, the church has partnered with the Real Estate Council to make it happen.
“One of the issues that arose was the lack of access to fresh, affordable food,” said Chris Simmons, pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church. “They need good, quality food at an affordable price.”
South Dallas is a food desert, where access to fresh, healthy food is limited, as are transportation options. The effect of this is reflected in community health.
“We have people who have high levels of high blood pressure and diabetes because most of the time they eat foods that are saturated with fat,” Simmons said.
“We live in an area that was once the ‘wet’ side of Dallas,” said Cornerstone program director Donald Wesson Jr., referring to the number of liquor stores in the area. “Rebrand South Dallas as a place for food and community, not what South Dallas is known for today.”
The 800 to 1,000 square foot space on an abandoned shopping street in southern Ervay is being renovated as a marketplace with space for local entrepreneurs to sell their wares as well. The hope is that the market will lay the foundation for more businesses and jobs in the neighborhood.
“It’s a” if you build it, will they come? “Said Wesson.
“We hope this would send a message to the wider community that there is a need for a large grocery store in this area,” Simmons said, saying that if a large grocery store came and bankrupted them, it would be a good thing. “
Southpoint Community Market is planning a grand opening on June 19.