Ability Housing and Feeding Northeast Florida Partner to Launch Corner Market at Renaissance Village 

In a heartwarming collaboration, Ability Housing and Feeding Northeast Florida joined forces to introduce a Corner Market at Renaissance Village, offering vital food supplies to residents and the wider community. The launch of the Corner Market at Renaissance Village marked a significant step in enhancing the resources available to residents. The Corner Market, which debuted on June 14th, will continue to operate monthly at Renaissance Village. 

This initiative was spearheaded by Sheronda Holzendorf, the Resident Engagement Manager at Ability Housing, in collaboration with Tamika Wolfe, the Corner Market Manager at Feeding Northeast Florida. Feeding Northeast Florida, the region’s largest food bank, serves eight counties, including Baker, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns. The organization rescues high-quality food from retail partners, manufacturers, and farms, converting what would otherwise be waste into nutritious meals for those in need. Their efforts, backed by partner agencies, including City Rescue Mission, The Sulzbacher Center, and The Salvation Army, aim to provide food to anyone in the community who needs assistance. 

A Collaborative Effort 

The new Corner Market at Renaissance Village, coordinated by Ability Housing as one of Feeding Northeast Florida’s partner agencies, offers residents easy access to fresh, nutritious food, addressing a critical need and supporting the health and well-being of the community. 

Intergenerational Poverty Coordinator at Ability Housing, Tera Upshaw, expressed her excitement about the partnership: “Our first Corner Market event was fantastic, offering a wonderful chance to provide residents and community members with fresh produce, including corn, sweet potatoes, carrots, and eggplant. Access to healthy, fresh food is crucial, as its absence can lead to poor diets, higher obesity rates, and other diet-related health issues.” 

Empowering Residents Through Nutrition 

The Corner Market will now operate regularly, providing a consistent food supply to residents with the goal of alleviating food insecurity. The market distributes food and offers nutrition and healthy living educational materials, empowering residents to make informed choices about their diets. This initiative underscored the importance of community partnerships in addressing complex issues such as homelessness and food insecurity. By working together, Ability Housing and Feeding Northeast Florida are making a tangible difference in the lives of Renaissance Village residents, providing them with the tools and support they need to lead healthier, more stable lives.  

The Corner Market opened its doors on June 14th, 2024, and will continue to offer food and nutrition assistance once a month.   

History of Renaissance Village  

Once the abandoned and dilapidated Brandywine Court Apartments, Ability Housing revitalized Renaissance Village into a beacon of hope for people who were formerly homeless or for those at risk of homelessness. The community offers a peaceful environment where residents receive voluntary, individualized support services. As Renaissance Village continues to evolve from its past into a flourishing community, the partnership between Ability Housing and Feeding Northeast Florida is yet another resource available to help residents thrive.