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'I'm very thankful for it': Christian nonprofit works to fill a need in NE OKC food desert

By Carla HintonFaith editor chinton@oklahoman.comSome residents of a northeast Oklahoma City neighborhood initially were surprised to learn that a small grocery had opened in their midst.These days, The Market at Restore OKC, 2222 NE 27, is attracting more customers as nearby neighbors discover the fresh produce and other products they couldn't typically find so close to home."When they learn that it's in North Creston Hills they are intrigued because they want to know about it, they want to see where it is," said Brandi Jones, the market's manager."When they come in and they see it, they say, 'This is nice!'"Caylee Dodson, executive director of Restore OKC, said her group's original vision was for a farmer's market where the Christian community development organization could make fresh fruits and vegetables from its greenhouses and community garden available.Then, a grocery store in northeast Oklahoma City, the Smart Saver at 2001 NE 23, abruptly closed in August 2019 and Restore OKC leaders felt they had to expand their vision.Dodson said Ward 7 Oklahoma City Councilwoman Nikki Nice and the Oklahoma City Council helped Restore OKC by approving the rezoning for the organization's property for retail use as a full-size supermarket.The market is part of Restore's headquarters, in a vacant church building nestled in the North Creston Hills, a housing addition generally bounded by Martin Luther King Avenue, NE 30, Interstate 35 and NE 23.Dodson said Restore OKC wanted to do its part to help residents living in the 73111 ZIP code, which has been described as a food desert, an area lacking access to healthy foods.Read more on


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