As many in the Valley enjoy hot dogs, burgers, and other picnic favorites this holiday, some families may be trying to figure out where their next meal will come from and how far they’ll have to travel to buy food.

That’s why Warren City officials are joining a local church to take on the challenge of tackling food insecurity by working to establish a food co-op grocery store.

Grace African Methodist Episcopal Church, Warren's oldest African American church, will host a community conversation on July 9, 2024, at 6 pm.

Ahmaha Sellasie, Founder and President of Gem City Market in Dayton will serve as the event's presenter.

According to its website, Gen City Market's mission is to serve, engage, and empower neighborhoods by providing affordable, high-quality food in a clean and welcoming environment that is worker and community-owned.

Sellasie will discuss how residents from the City of Dayton came together and created their own Food Co-Op Grocery Store. 

The community event aims to map out a path for Food Co-Op Grocery Store potential in Warren. 

Mayor Doug Franklin, State Representative Nick Santucci, city residents, as well as civic and community leaders support the idea, according to a news release.

Community leaders and concerned citizens are encouraged to attend the meeting at 1137 Main Ave. SW in Warren.