Creating jobs and healthy communities

The Community Development Program works collaboratively with communities to foster economic development and create capacity for sustainable communities and quality jobs through leadership development, community decision making, community emergency preparedness and focusing on inclusive communities.

Through the Old North Healthy Community Initiative, the neighborhood grocery co-op became a viable business offering improved access to fresh, local, affordable and healthy foods in the midst of an urban food desert, supported local farmers and Missouri producers and provided two new jobs at the co-op, offered education on nutrition and health. The Old North St. Louis Restoration Group, the Missouri Foundation for Health and the Missouri Department of Agriculture have been critical partners.

The St. Louis Healthy Corner Store Project in cooperation with the City of St. Louis worked with two inner-city neighborhoods and corner stores to remodel, provide education, and offer healthy and nutritional foods.

Several communities are working to increase access to food.

  • Pilot Grove is working on a community grocery store. At a meeting with 122 attendees, an action committee formed and citizens agreed to provide financial support for the project.
  • The Warsaw Market vendors requested expanded hours and will be open on Wednesday evenings, 3 to 7 p.m., in addition to Saturday mornings. The vendors like the new promotional posters and offered to distribute them around the county.
  • Keytesville is working to open a retail store with local produce and artisan products.