Help Build a Local Grocery Store in an Under-served Community


Having direct access to quality meats, fruits, and vegetables at your local grocery store is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. However, the ease of hopping into a car, driving a short distance, and shopping in the comfort of an air-conditioned building for the staples your family needs is a convenience many people across the United States do not have.

 

In fact, in Maryland alone, over 9% of all households do not own a vehicle of any kind making the need for grocery stores to be located within walking distance of people’s homes a vital part of the community.

 

Without local stores, mothers, fathers, grandparents, and more are forced to either walk extremely long distances, take long bus rides, or pay for cab fare to and from grocery locations. This often takes funds away from food purchases especially since it is the less fortunate communities who are often the ones forced to travel long distances for fresh food.

 

This leaves underserved communities struggling to provide healthy foods to their families, but we intend to change that, and YOU can help!

 

The city of Annapolis, Maryland has seen several overall economic developments throughout the city, however, one predominantly African American community located just south of Northwest Street End Park has continually been left behind with no local access to a community grocery store.

 

In fact, anyone living within the community is forced to travel over 10 miles in any direction to locate a grocery store that provides fresh produce, fruits, meat, and essential household items. Considering the majority of the neighborhood does not own a vehicle and cannot afford the cost of travel, this leaves a large portion of the community relying on local convenience stores for fast food.

 

Fast food does not lead to a healthy lifestyle and can severely impact the health and wellness of the community as a whole. Therefore, our goal is to open a boutique grocery store within the heart of the neighborhood allowing everyone much-needed access to affordable healthy foods and essentials!

 

With your support, we will provide quality meats, produce, and essential household items at an affordable rate that will greatly impact the health and pride of the members of the direct community.

 

This is an essential service within the community as over 11% of the population in Annapolis lives below the poverty line and we must all do our part to ensure everyone has access to healthy foods to build a better future for our nation.

 

One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn’t as individuals. When we pool our strength and share the work and responsibility, we can welcome many people, even those in deep distress, and perhaps help them find self-confidence and inner healing.” – Jean Vanier

 

100% of your generous donations will go directly towards the following expenses leading to the successful opening our of community store this winter which will be located at 50 Clay St, Annapolis, Maryland 21012

 

       Building out and developing the retail space

       Inventory which includes quality meats, fruits, vegetables, and essential household items at affordable prices

       Marketing

       Staff salaries

       Office and retail supplies i.e., cash registers, office equipment, desks, etc.

       Community Awareness

 


 

Oasis Foods On Clay
50 Clay St, Annapolis, Maryland 21012 - OPENING WINTER 2022

 

Our partners,Shelton Willett,  Steve Burch and, Allen Chaney understand the vital importance of not only building a grocery store but building community involvement, pride, and awareness to help everyone prosper!

 The opening of a local grocery store within the community provides essential goods to the entire community while providing local jobs and community engagement. It is our hope that with your support, the population surrounding the store will benefit from a healthier lifestyle and economic growth.

 

We strongly believe it is the community that drives the success of a business and that is why we are also encouraging community involvement through sponsored sections within the store and donor incentives such as plaques, merchandise, etc., to help you proudly display your support of the growth of the community as a whole.

 

Each incentive will be based on donor amounts and are yet to be determined, however, we encourage you to follow our campaign for further updates.

 

Together, we will build a stronger, healthier, and prouder community for all to enjoy for years to come!

 

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” – Coretta Scott King

 

We cannot thank you enough for making this local grocery store a reality and helping this underserved community grow and prosper. It is through the generosity of people like you that we will raise the health and wellness of the entire community while providing much-needed local jobs to those who need them most.

 

Each and every donation no matter how big or how small helps bring this community closer together through our common goals. We ask that you please share our campaign with your family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers to help spread the word about this vital service and bring pride and joy to everyone.

 

The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” – Mitch Albom

 

If you are also interested in an investment opportunity such as an equity partnership in the boutique grocery store, we are open to discussing those opportunities and invite you to contact us directly for more information.