At its 2015 annual meeting, Friends of Rhode Island Avenue, (FORIA) Inc. celebrated another banner year of bringing new businesses and life to Rhode Island Avenue, NE. Joined by neighbors, city department staff, merchants, funders and investors, FORIA served sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and debuted its video annual report.
During the last year, LISC DC became a FORIA funder and made an investment, along with City First Enterprises, in the startup of Good Food Markets, located at 2006 Rhode Island Avenue, NE. Woodridge residents now have access to their own local grocer.
LISC DC and FORIA are very pleased that Good Food Markets is not only making available fresh and affordable foods to the Woodridge community, but has also created new jobs, paying livable wages to neighborhood residents. In addition to providing start-up funding to Good Food Markets, LISC DC recently provided a $5,000 1-for-1 match to help Good Food Markets successfully complete their $20,000 Kickstarter campaign, which will now allow them to make necessary additional investments in community outreach and equipment.