Plans for a grocery store in downtown Davenport stocked with local foods got a boost this week with the announcement that the United States Department of Agriculture will be awarding the project a $100,000 grant.|
Steve Ahrens, development director for the Davenport Levee Improvement Commission, said the grant comes from the USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program and has been awarded to the Quad City Food Hub to aid in development of the grocery store.
Roughly half the grant money will be spent to purchase equipment for the store, which will be located in the Freight House Farmers Market complex between Fresh Deli and Front Street Brewery, said Mr. Ahrens. This will include refrigeration units for produce and equipment for an incubator kitchen.
The remainder of the funds are to be used for operational costs, including salaries for management and staff at the store, said Mr. Ahrens.
The Freight House Farmers Market, located at 421 W. River Drive, is open year-round from 3 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The Food Hub grocery store will be stocked with local foods, including some of the foods available from vendors at the farmers market, but will have expanded operating hours.
Mr. Ahrens said he expects equipment purchased with the grant money to start appearing in the Food Hub space by late spring 2013.
Announcement of the USDA award came from the office of U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack on Tuesday.
For more information on the Food Hub, visit qcfoodhub.com.