Keller Market House receives grant to improve access to healthy food

Keller Market House receives grant to improve access to healthy food

LANCASTER – Keller Market House was among 134 grantees receiving financial assistance awards through the 2021 round of the US Healthy Food Funding Initiative (HFFI) Targeted Small Grants Program. Keller Market House will use this money to continue investing in its historic building, with a comprehensive remodeling project to expand its grocery operations.

The Keller Market House opened its doors in 2016, and serves as a food hub for Ohio farmers and food producers. As a year-round indoor market, it offers a communal retail space that enables local foods in downtown Lancaster six days a week. A SNAP retailer, Market House is dedicated to putting “real food on hand” for everyone in our community.

Keller Market House will use $195,724 to renovate parts of the building that are not currently suitable for grocery operations. Plans include adding a more efficient delivery portal for vendors and new workspaces for vendors and employees. This expansion, along with new refrigeration equipment, will allow Market House to offer a larger and more diverse selection of local foods, improve the shopping experience and build more connections between Ohio producers and Fairfield County shoppers.

Chairman Kim Sheldon said, “We are very excited about our selection to receive this grant. This money will lay the foundation for much-needed repairs and renovations to the building, while allowing us to allocate other funds to improve operations and expand our inventory. We are grateful to all our donors and partners!”

Funding for the HFFI grant program is provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), authorized under the 2014 Agriculture Act. 134 projects received a total of $22.6 million in financial assistance. The winners were selected through a competitive process that was open to fresh food vending projects and eligible food companies.

Women’s Cancer Screening in Fairfield County

Lancaster – Through the Women’s Health Clinic, the University of Ohio Community Heritage Clinic has long been providing mobile cancer screening clinics for women throughout Southeast Ohio as part of its mission to improve women’s health in the region.

In association with Fairfield Medical Center, the OU Women’s Health Clinic will offer same-day mammography at Fairfield River Valley Medical Center at 2384 North Memorial Drive in Lancaster from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 19. Call 740-593-2432 or 1-800-844-2654 to schedule an appointment.

Services offered include breast health education, PAP exams, breast and pelvic exams, and navigating the continuum of care. Mammograms are available same-day by the on-site Fairfield Medical Center. The Breast and Cervical Cancer Project (BCCP) will be available to conduct screening and diagnostic testing for breast and cervical cancer at no cost to eligible women who meet the eligibility criteria.

The Fairfield County Auditor’s Office releases the comprehensive annual financial report

Lancaster – Fairfield County Auditor, Dr. Carrie Brown, has announced the launch of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and the famous Annual Financial Report for Fairfield County.

The reports cover the province’s financial activity through December 31, 2021, and can be found here: https://www.co.fairfield.oh.us/auditor/fc-financial-reports-ACFR-PAFR.html

“The Ohio State Auditor has issued a clean opinion on our county’s financial statements, and we recognize the teamwork that goes into making sure that we report in accordance with our nation’s generally accepted accounting principles,” Brown stated.

Brown also announced the release of a new, easy-to-understand report on the county’s financial situation, called the People’s Annual Financial Report. The report has been modified to make it more concise and simple. It is intended to provide the public with an overview of the district’s operations, programs, and financial condition in an accessible and transparent format.

Meetings

The July Health Board meeting will take place on Wednesday, July 13, starting at 3 p.m. The meeting will be held at the OSU Extension Office, 831 College Avenue, Lancaster, in the West Wing Conference Room.

The public is welcome to attend, social distancing will be required.

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