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Detroit Consumers Show Support To Sustain The Only Black Owned Grocery Store in Southeast Michigan

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Detroit consumers are rallying behind Metro Foodland at Tailgate 27 to boost sales and support of the only surviving Black-owned grocery store in Southeastern Michigan.
Tailgate 27 is part of the larger Campaign 27 that asks each consumer to commit to purchasing goods from a small business 27 times a year, spend $27 each time and recruit 27 additional consumers to make the same commitment. Community Activist Lila Cabbil is organizing Campaign 27.


"Metro Foodland is a retail jewel that we want to preserve," says Sherry Gay-Dagnogo, Education Chair for the National Congress of Black Women – Greater Detroit, and organizer of Tailgate 27. “We are renewing our commitment to support small businesses that are the foundation of Detroit's rebirth. Policies which support small businesses and job development, are key to transforming our region.”

Black Owned Grocery Store Metro Foodland


Owner James Hooks has been in the community for 27 years, and during that time has helped former African American employees to open grocery stores in other parts of the city. Now he needs community support to maintain and grow.
Rev. Wendell Anthony stated “Metro Foodland is one of Detroit’s finest indicators of African American entrepreneurship and business power. It is one of the few remaining African American owned supermarkets in the nation. Detroit is blessed to have James and Teresa Hooks. They’re business persons who are dedicated to family and community. We MUST support this supermarket. Detroit cannot afford to lose one of its most important jewels.”
Rev. Horace Sheffield stated, "This is a great opportunity for Detroiters who have been concerned about the ill effect of others, to be the change they want to see."


Come and purchase food from Metro Foodland, bring your grill (and your barbeque skills) – and represent your church, mosque, synagogue, business, neighborhood, union, community group, block club, college, school, fraternity, sorority and/or family.
Donyale Atara, President of the NCBW-Greater Detroit Chapter, indicates The National Congress of Black Women - Greater Detroit Chapter wholeheartedly supports Campaign 27 to support Metro Foodland. We must keep the store open as it keeps money circulating in the community to provide jobs and other business development.”


Sponsoring organizations and churches include: National Congress of Black Women-Greater Detroit Chapter, Detroit Alliance of Black Organizations, Rainbow Push Coalition -Detroit, Citadel of Praise, Fellowship Chapel, Greater Grace Temple, and Eric Huffman’s State Farm.


The event will feature live performances beginning at 11:30 a.m. by Cass Technical High School’s award-winning Marching Band, and The Crew, followed by remarks from community leaders at 12:30 p.m. Come show your tangible support for our Detroit based businesses who helped to build Detroit.

 

*** Content written and provided by Darryl Ford, Promise Communications ******


For more info on Metro Foodland visit the Detroit News

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