Fund set up ahead of Kroger closure in Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – In the wake of Kroger’s decision to shut down a store in Springfield, The Springfield Foundation has started a fund where citizens can make a contribution toward “an immediate and long term solution.”

Kroger announced that they would be shutting down their location at 1822 South Limestone Street on March 4. The closure has officials concerned where residents will find groceries moving forward, and where those employees will find work.

“We already knew that that area was low-income and low-access to food,” said Victoria Richards, Marketing and Development Director with the Springfield Foundation. “Kroger was the only grocery store there that was providing fresh, nutrient-dense food at an affordable price for those residents.

The foundation has placed $25,000 of its own money into the Community Food Crisis Action Fund. The money will be used in various ways to help affected residents.

“It could be providing bus routes and bus tickets. It could be providing food pantries with additional funds to purchase more food,” said Richards.

City leaders recently met with Kroger, and officials plan to share some of the details of that meeting at a public forum on February 18, along with some information about a plan going forward.

That forum is scheduled for 7 pm at The Dome, located at 700 South Limestone Street.

If you would like to make a donation to the Community Food Action Crisis Fund, click here, or mail your check to the Springfield Foundation:

The Springfield Foundation
333 N. Limestone Street, Suite 201
Springfield, Ohio 45503

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