DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Premier Health announced Thursday the creation of a Membership Match program for the surrounding neighbors of the Gem City Market and for Premier Health employees. The contribution will provide $50 vouchers for 800 families, totaling a $40,000 value.

This gift comes after Premier Health announced a 5-year, $400,000 commitment to the market back in late 2017.

“We have every confidence that the leaders of Gem City Market – and the community support that they are rallying – will move the needle on food hardship in our community,” said Mary Boosalis, president and CEO of Premier Health. “We’re pleased to expand our support to help the market’s neighbors become member-owners through the purchase of memberships.

The Membership Match program will pay half the cost of a $100 membership.

Eligible participants must live within the following zip codes: 45402, 45405, 45406, 45416, 45417, and 45426, or be a Premier Health employee.

Applications can be found here.

“We are tremendously excited about this new initiative and appreciative of Premier’s continued support. Increasing ownership opportunities is directly aligned with the Gem City Market’s mission and furthers our work turning this community vision into a reality,” said Ambassador Tony Hall, Founder of Hall Hunger Initiative.

The Gem City Market is scheduled to open in 2020 on Salem Avenue, just across the Great Miami River from downtown.

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