Despite the cold and rainy conditions, there are sunny skies ahead for Vinton County. The Healthy Food for Ohio (HFFO) program, administered by Finance Fund Capital Corporation (FCAP), celebrated the long awaited groundbreaking for the new Campbell’s Market in McArthur, Ohio. Vinton County’s only grocery store closed in 2013, leaving over 13,000 residents without access to healthy, affordable food. Rhoda Toon Price, Executive Director, Vinton County Senior Citizens, said it best, “The Campbell’s Are Coming!! Hallelujah!!”
On Monday, March 20th, many Vinton County community members, the Vinton County Commissioners and county staff as well as representatives from local, state and federal government gathered to show their true appreciation and excitement, knowing that very soon, Vinton County will once again have access to fresh produce, meats, dairy, and other essential grocery items.
The ceremony began with an inspirational and energetic performance by the Vinton County High School Band, followed by Breaking Ground for the new Campbell’s Market. Speakers included:
• U.S. Congressman Steve Stivers (OH-15)
• Ohio House Finance Chairman Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell)
• Ohio Senate President Pro Tempore Bob Peterson (R-Sabina)
• Finance Fund Capital Corporation President and CEO, Diana Turoff
• Campbell’s Market Proprietor, Richard Campbell
• Vinton County Senior Citizens, Executive Director, Rhoda Toon Price
• The Food Trust, Associate Director, Caroline Harries
To end the program, the Campbell family was presented with a certificate from Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Southeast Ohio Regional Director, Ian Christie, and a proclamation from William Lloyd, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s Regional Liaison.
For over three years, Vinton County’s only option was to travel many miles to another county to buy fresh food. Vinton County welcomes Campbell’s Market to McArthur, Ohio, due to a collaborative effort including partners of the HFFO program, local community members, and representatives from local, state, and federal government.
On behalf of FCAP, I am extremely proud to be a part of this project. Through our HFFO program, FCAP provided Campbell’s Market with a financing package of $1,575,000 to build a 12,000 sq. ft. grocery store expected to open August 2017. Each of FCAP’s projects is special, but Campbell’s Market in McArthur is particularly significant due to the tremendous, concerted effort behind this project’s realization. This grocery store will improve the quality of life and attract businesses and jobs for the residents of Vinton County.
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