Building Healthy Communities

Project Title

Salt City Market

Grant Amount

$160,000

Priority Area

Building Healthy Communities

Date Awarded

January 3, 2020

Region

Central NY

Status

In Progress

Website

https://www.allynfoundation.org/

Near Westside, Southside, and Downtown Syracuse neighborhoods have the highest number of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients in Syracuse and the least access to a full-service grocery store.

To create more easily accessible opportunities for healthy eating, Syracuse Urban Partnership (SYRUP) is spearheading the construction of the Salt City Market, which will be within walking distance for residents of these communities. Expected to be completed in September 2020, the Salt City Market—a food hall and a full-service market—will span 24,000 square feet on the first floor of a new 4-story building that will also feature 26 mixed-income apartments and commercial office space for nonprofits. As the first downtown Syracuse grocery store in more than 40 years, the Salt City Market will provide a home to 11 food entrepreneurs, offer a community teaching kitchen, and provide access to fresh produce and groceries. In 2020, NYSHealth awarded SYRUP a grant to provide marketing and technical assistance in support of Salt City Market’s design and launch.

Under this grant, SYRUP will offer marketing and technical assistance to the Syracuse Cooperative Market Co-op (which will operate the grocery store) and the food entrepreneurs. The market is being designed with the customers in mind: it will feature a community kitchen and public cooking and nutrition classes; accept SNAP and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); and provide economic opportunities for local residents interested in starting their own food business. The Co-op will also work with NYSHealth grantee Field & Fork Network to provide Double Up Food Bucks nutrition incentives to increase the amount of fresh produce purchased with SNAP dollars. SYRUP will also advise local food entrepreneurs with menu development, food costing, food safety, and marketing and design services to develop their own brands. In addition, it will also provide marketing and design services for the Salt City Market as a whole to make residents feel welcome.