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Carver Neighborhood Market Launches Grocery Bike Delivery Service, August 3

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New offering extends food access across Historic South Atlanta and surrounding neighborhoods


ATLANTA – July 28, 2015 – The Carver Neighborhood Market, empowered by Focused Community Strategies (FCS), will begin its grocery bike delivery service on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. This joint effort with the South Atlanta Bike Shop, also empowered by FCS, will continue to increase access to fresh, healthy and affordable food across Historic South Atlanta and surrounding neighborhoods.

Generously funded by the Atlanta Cycling Festival, the grocery bike delivery service for the Carver Neighborhood Market will have a fleet of bikers who deliver groceries within a one-mile radius of the market during store hours. In addition to serving Historic South Atlanta, the grocery bike delivery service extends to surrounding neighborhoods including Chosewood Park, High Point Estates, Lakewood Heights, Peoplestown and Villages of Carver.

“One of our learning lessons within the first few months is that our shoppers who walk to and from the market limit themselves to buying only what they’re able to comfortably carry,” said FCS Director of Economic Development and long-time neighborhood resident Jeff Delp. “By offering the home delivery service, what may have been purchased across three separate trips to the market can now be purchased in just one. Our goal has always been to provide convenient access to the market’s healthy food options, and the grocery bike delivery service is one more way we’re fulfilling that.”

Since the grand opening of the market on Saturday, May 16, 2015, the store has sold more than 25,000 goods and welcomed more than 6,000 shoppers to the store. This initiative is a stepping stone to a larger vision for the Carver Neighborhood Market – one where online ordering and delivery will be a reality.

The Carver Neighborhood Market is part of the South Atlanta Marketplace and located at 1297 Jonesboro Road, Atlanta, GA 30315. For more information, visit www.carvermarket.com, or join the community on Facebook and Twitter.

About Focused Community Strategies

Focused Community Strategies (FCS) partners with underserved neighborhoods to provide innovative and holistic development that promotes flourishing communities where God’s shalom is present. FCS is a team of visionaries and social entrepreneurs, transforming distressed urban neighborhoods through Christian community development. For more than 30 years, FCS has demonstrated that the most transformative urban ministry is community-based. With an emphasis on neighborhood leadership and a commitment to mixed-income housing development, the FCS strategy yields both social and spiritual vitality as well as economic viability. For more information, visit: www.fcsministries.org.

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The Family that Bikes Together

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by Andrej Ciho, Director of the South Atlanta Bike Shop


Youth at the South Atlanta Bike Shop earn points for their work, which they can use to purchase a bike. It’s been quite a successful and empowering setup, and over the years, we’ve watched teens proudly purchase their own set of wheels.


It didn’t take long for youth to realize they can use their points for acquiring bicycles not just for themselves. One fun outcome to watch has been how they started to purchase bikes for family members and friends.


Below is a photo of Kiwadi, whose work in the Bike Shop allowed him to purchase a bike for his mother, so they could ride together. What a gift!




When you invest in youth, you are automatically connected into their network of family and friends. And this is a really good thing. Of course we work hard for our youth development program to create meaningful, mentoring relationships. But programs or staff will not and should not replace parents. Our desire is to support parents in their role in their children’s lives.


This moment – watching a young man purchase a bike so he and his mom can be active together – is a beautiful picture. We hope the South Atlanta Bike Shop can support deeper relationships and active lifestyles for families in our community. In this case, the empowerment to earn and purchase a bicycle helped to do just that.

A Summer to Remember!

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The thermometer may seem stuck in the 90’s, but it hasn’t slowed down the youth of South Atlanta this summer! June and July have been action-packed and memorable thanks to enthusiastic volunteers and generous donors.




What are some of the highlights from this summer? Pool parties, basketball tournaments, in-depth Bible Studies, bike rides, and more! Youth have been able to bond with each other, connect with staff, and make active, healthy choices this summer.




A great source of joy for the kids has been trips outside of the city. With partners like Camp Grace and God’s Farm, South Atlanta youth have experienced camp life filled with lake swimming, canoeing, mosquitoes, campfires, and starry nights.




We’re giving a big shout out to all our committed youth workers, ministry partners, and faithful donors who have made this summer possible. Thank you for creating a safe place for our youth to explore, learn, and experience summer in new ways.



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