Get to Know G.R.A.C.E. | Partner Spotlight – Community Food Club

An innovative and dignified approach to food security

Community Food Club is a nonprofit grocery store model providing a grocery store experience for individuals who are facing food access challenges within our community.

Our mission is to make our members not just food secure but more secure in all areas of life. Partnership with G.R.A.C.E. allows us to look at all of the Social Determinants of Health in a really unique way; we now have an opportunity to truly collaborate.

“Through G.R.A.C.E. we come together and work hard to try to figure out the barriers that our members and our community members are facing and we work on those together.”

AJ Fossel, Executive Director

The G.R.A.C.E. Network isn’t just a blind referral system. There is a lot of trust built up when individuals have a relationship with one organization. By providing personalized referrals, participants gain access to the recourses they need without having to retell their stories.

Our cornerstone is dignity of experience. G.R.A.C.E. gives us the means to gather data and look at it as a collective big picture in a way that is safe and honors the people that we’re working with. The G.R.A.C.E. Network gives us the tools to be able to see health outcomes and monitor what we’re doing in a new way, see the impact, and see what we need to do differently.

Community Food Club is an innovative and dignified approach to food security rooted in consumer choice, member participation, and access to healthy foods.