South Dallas Church Bringing Food Market to Community – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
When the leadership of Cornerstone Baptist Church saw a need for healthy, fresh food in their South Dallas ward, they looked for a solution. The answer? Southpoint Community Market, a small nonprofit grocery store that the Church built in partnership with the Real Estate Council.
“One of the problems was the lack of access to fresh and affordable food,” said Chris Simmons, pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church. “You need good, quality food at an affordable price.”
South Dallas is a food wasteland where access to fresh, healthy food is limited, as is transportation. The impact of this is affecting the health of the population.
“We have people with high blood pressure and diabetes because they eat high-fat foods frequently,” said Simmons.
“We live in what used to be the ‘wet’ side of Dallas,” said Donald Wesson Jr., Cornerstone’s program director, 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 meter space in an abandoned shopping street in South Ervay is currently being renovated as a market with space for local entrepreneurs to also sell their products. The hope is that the market will lay the foundation for more businesses and jobs in the neighborhood.
“It’s an ‘if you build it will they come?’” Said Wesson.
“We hope this will send a broader message to the wider community that a big grocery store is needed in this area,” Simmons said, saying that if a big grocery store came in and took them out of business, “it would . ” be a good thing. “
The Southpoint Community Market is slated to open on June 19th.