Storehouse Grocers is Feeding Dayton’s Bluff

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Anne, Joy, and I support all types of families in the Twin Cities. We want to help empower our fellow residents of the Twin Cities. So in an effort to be an ally to people of color, Family Fun Twin Cities is dedicated  to highlighting a BIPOC Business of the Month in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. 

FEBRUARY’S BIPOC BUSINESS OF THE MONTH: Storehouse Grocers

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Storehouse Grocers knows that families who eat dinner at home each night will ensure 80% percent of those kids will perform better and have less behavioral issues in school.  Collaborating with farmers and non-profits for fresh food and meal kits, Storehouse Grocers endeavors to provide 300 basic food items.

Eight thousand individuals who are food insecure will have access to affordable food within 2-mile square radius of their home. Storehouse Grocers’ model will change the fabric of inner city neighborhoods with micro grocery stores fighting food insecurity with accessible grocery stores and the profit will create community impact.
During the school year and summer, Storehouse Grocers impacts the neighborhood with feeding programs and soccer clubs for low income families.

carl johnson in Storehouse Grocers

The dream of Storehouse Grocers was started in 2015. Carl Johnson, his family, and his Faith City Church community want to end food insecurity in 10 major cities and are starting in Dayton’s Bluff.

This community–runs along the Mississippi River just east of Lowertown and extends north–is one of the top five impoverished neighborhoods in Minnesota. 

Starting with community meal for families, doing food distributions, and throwing block parties, in 2019 Storehouse Grocers raised enough money to open up a micro grocery fighting food insecurity everyday.

Share something you love

My favorite thing about our business is that parents don’t have to decide between an essential item and a item their child wants.

What is your biggest hurdle?

We struggle reaching our customers. We are low cost but also high quality, and we want our customers to know that.

To help with spreading the word, many of our volunteers have switched to buying groceries in our store rather in the big box.

We desire to be here for families and individuals.

We want them to know that we know what it is like to not have food on the table.

Share a Funny Story

My son is five and recognizes his colors. Every time he comes to the shop, he calls it the orange store because all the walls are orange.

kids in storehouse grocers

What Legacy do you want to leave?

We want to see food insecurity ended in our neighbor. 
We want a law passed to help the hungry because everyone deserves to eat.

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