Wherever the cooperative ends up

Communities in West Louisville are active food apartheids.

Locations

Neighborhoods being considered for the community-owned grocery include: Russell, Old Louisville, and Smoketown/Shelby Park.

Louisville is composed of many diverse communities

Each bringing its own unique flair to the city. Throughout the year, weekends in Louisville are filled with art festivals, flea markets, shows in every genre of music, and events that celebrate the cultures and heritages of Louisville’s diverse neighbors.

But there’s a problem hidden behind Louisville’s accolades.

Communities in West Louisville and downtown are active food apartheids. The grocery stores didn’t dry up like in a desert. The grocery store operators chose to leave these neighborhoods and move their business elsewhere.

There are only a few full-service grocery stores in Louisville’s west end.

That is more than 24,000 residents per store as compared to 12,000 residents per store in the east end. A disproportionate number of residents in West Louisville and downtown live more than half a mile from a grocery store and do not have access to a vehicle. These community members must either take long bus rides to the nearest grocer or source their food from convenience stores where prices are significantly higher. Recent closing of supermarkets in Central and West Louisville only exacerbates the problem.

Neighborhoods being considered for the community-owned grocery include: Russell, Old Louisville, and Smoketown/Shelby Park. We have narrowed the search down to these three neighborhoods through conversations with hundreds of residents.

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Wherever the cooperative ends up

We hope to work with our community to build a grocery store that not only meets their food needs but also creates a space for them to connect. Whether you live in one of these neighborhoods, or simply believe in our mission to create an equitable food system, you can support the Louisville Community Grocery!

While we determine the location of our full-size grocery store, stop by and visit our office and pop-up shop in Old Louisville at 1205 ½ S 6th Street, the HQ of our Ownership Advocate Lisa Ann Markuson. Have a cup of fair trade coffee, enjoy the garden, and sign up to become an owner in person!