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Kettering Health Network helps get Gem City Market one step closer to opening

Kettering Health Network helps get Gem City Market one step closer to opening (WKEF/WRGT)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Kettering Health Network helped Gem City Market get one step closer to opening with a big donation Friday.

After losing some major grocery stores, West Dayton has been listed as one of the worst food deserts in the county, but the people behind Gem City Market are looking to help. Kettering Health Network helped make that vision a reality through a gift of $27,500, which was gathered based off an employee matching program.

Any employee who paid $50 was able to get a $100 lifetime Gem City Market membership, and then the network matched that donation.

"The Gem City Market will provide nutrition, there'll be dietitians, there'll be a teaching kitchen int here as well," Director of Human Resources at Grandview Keith Jenkins said. "It's an opportunity for members of the community to own the market, and kind of help to revive the economy."

So far, 550 employees have participated in the match program.

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