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DMG Foods Will Be the First Salvation Army Low-Income Grocery Store in the US

 

DMG Foods Concept

DMG Foods, named after The Salvation Army motto Doing The Most Good, will be a 6,000 sq. ft. non-profit grocery store that will provide healthy and affordable food in east Baltimore for families and individuals already receiving SNAP benefits. This non-profit grocery store will be the first of its kind in The Salvation Army and one of just a handful of non-profit grocery stores anywhere in the United States.

According to US Department of Agriculture, in 2014 the average Maryland resident receiving SNAP benefits receives $119.89 per person, per month—which is less than $4 a day. The goal of DMG Foods is to double the amount of food that clients can purchase with SNAP benefits.

The Salvation Army of Central Maryland partnered with the Maryland Food Bank to provide the majority of the store inventory and reached out to local farmers and suppliers for fresh products.

DMG Foods will also provide a 5-week workforce development program for citizens seeking employment. After providing these individuals with training and hands-on food retail experience, a case manager will assist them with job placement in Baltimore City. Ultimately, DMG Foods will not only provide affordable groceries but will give these local residents an opportunity to develop new skills and gain work experience, which in turn will improve their financial welfare and instill a sense of pride and self-worth.

DMG Foods is expected to open mid 2017.

To learn more information about DMG Foods, please contact:

Capt. Ryan Vincent
Core Officer
Ryan.Vincent@uss.salvationarmy.org

7 replies
  1. Elaine
    Elaine says:

    Thank you for making this possible and to also provide nutritious food and help those you serve to learn more on making the right good choices. I am making a donation. Hoor you become a model for others.

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  2. Lynn Creamer
    Lynn Creamer says:

    I think this is amazing! We need more programs that teach, assist but teach! Give a man a fish vs teach a man to fish!!

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  3. Sandrie White-Harry
    Sandrie White-Harry says:

    I am so happy to learn about the store and job training program. So many people need help. Begging for food in the USA is so humiliating, yet countless poor families and individuals are reduced to seek help for nutritional needs, clothing, utilities, housing, etc on a regular basis. Well-paying jobs are hard to find, even when, like me, you have years of experience. So for those with minimal skills, or with kids, and in between jobs, it’s nearly impossible to survive. Thanks for offering a hand up along with attention to the physical needs of the citizens of Baltimore, MD, etc.

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