Gem City Market’s teaching kitchen to help neighbors, doctors

When a new grocery store opens on lower Salem Avenue, it will have a teaching kitchen for resident physicians and community members.

The Grandview Foundation, affiliated with Grandview Medical Center, said in a statement that it is awarding a $260,000 grant to Gem City Market for the construction of a teaching kitchen.

Grandview, operated by Kettering Health Network, and is about a half mile from where the grocery store will be built and has one of the longest running osteopathic medical education programs in the U.S., teaching the next generation of physicians.

Several medical programs around the U.S. have started incorporating cooking and teaching kitchens into resident physicians’ medical education, which helps doctors be better educated in addressing food and lifestyle issues with their patients.

Representatives from Grandview Medical Center, the Grandview Foundation, the Gem City Market and the Hall Hunger Initiative will hold a briefing on Wednesday to discuss the details of the teaching kitchen and how it will benefit the Gem City Market and the surrounding community.


Gem City Market is a member-owned grocery store planned along the 300 to 400 block of Salem Avenue intended to expand access to fresh and healthy food.

Kettering Health said it has donated $400,000 to the Gem City Market through donations to the market’s capital campaign and a network employee membership drive and a matching program, allowing employees to purchase a $100 lifetime Gem City Market membership for $50.

Grocery store organizers hit several recent milestones, including purchasing the land for the store and landing nearly $1 million.

Greater Dayton Premier Management, the local public housing authority, had $997,000 in unused funds that were going to have to be returned to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

However, the federal agency said the money can go toward the new grocery store.

Co-op Dayton, the nonprofit developer of the Gem City Market, is aiming to open the new full-service grocery store in the summer or fall of 2020 and working on getting the last major piece of financing needed, New Markets Tax Credits.

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