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Cardinal Health provides $700,000 grant for Mid-Ohio Market at Columbus State

Update | Thursday, October 17, 2019

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Photo: As others look on, Matt Habash, Mid-Ohio Foodbank, left, Kathryne Reeves, Cardinal Health Foundation Board, center, and President Harrison, right, hold up the $700,000 check at the dedication of the Mid-Ohio Market at Columbus State on October 16.

The dedication of the Mid-Ohio Market at Columbus State on Wednesday received a financial boost to the tune of $700,000 from the Cardinal Health Foundation. Kathryne Reeves, a senior vice president at Cardinal Health and the vice chair of the Cardinal Health Foundation Board, presented the check to President Harrison.

“We believe it will help thousands of Central Ohioans improve their lives, and the Cardinal Health Foundation is very proud to support it,” said Reeves.

The dedication took place outside the Market with city, county, and state leaders, and board members of Columbus State, Mid-Ohio Foodbank, and the Cardinal Health and Columbus State foundations attending.

President Harrison said, “We want to meet students where they are. Pop-up produce markets were available for a few years. The Market will be a high-energy hub in the community for years to come.” The Market will be available for anyone, including students, staff, and community members who qualify based on their income.

Zea’Amah Slack, a recent Columbus State graduate, was a speaker at the dedication. While a student, she took advantage of the pop-up food markets that preceded the Mid-Ohio Market. Slack is one of eight children in her family and said the Market is important for students like herself. “It provides a fresh start for a better life. They will be able to focus on other things and won’t have to worry about where their next meal is coming from.” Slack is pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Franklin University while working full time in Admissions at Columbus State.

The Market is located in a converted 2,450-square-foot storage shed on Grove Street across from the Center for Workforce Development. Initially, it will be open three days a week and one Saturday each month with additional days and hours expected in the future. It’s operated primarily by faculty, staff, and student volunteers.

Columbus Business First has an online story. Read it here.

Read the official news release here.

Volunteering at the Mid-Ohio Market at Columbus State
If you have not been through training to work at the Market, you will first need to view five short training videos. They can be accessed in Cornerstone at this link. (The videos appear in the upper left-hand corner on the page after you sign in.)

If you do decide to volunteer, keep in mind that your priority is to your office and department. Please seek supervisor approval before volunteering for the market. Once you have approval, you may sign up for shifts at this link.
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Columbus State President David Harrison (left) talked to attendees before and after the Dedication of the Mid-Ohio Food Market on October 15.



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