The Link Market
Dr. Jeremy Goss received a $20,000 grant in support of The Link Market, which addresses food insecurity and transportation barriers by providing healthy, affordable groceries at metro stations.
Goss is a social entrepreneur and founder of The Link Market, a chain of small-scale, big-impact nonprofit grocery stores in St. Louis, Missouri. He is deeply passionate about food justice, hunger and health and opened The Link Market in 2017 to improve access to healthy, affordable food for hungry people.
In partnership with the St. Louis transit authority, his team converted shipping containers into grocery store kiosks, stocking them with fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy and other staples and placing them in the heart of major food desert communities. The Link Market hires from the communities it serves and sources food from local farmers and community gardens. The products are affordably priced, and, since stores are located close to transit stations, transportation as a barrier to accessing healthy food is being eliminated.
In April 2020, with help from partners at the St. Louis Housing Authority, The Link Market was set to open its first brick-and-mortar store in a subsidized housing complex. The store would have been the first of its kind in the nation, but the coronavirus pandemic put those plans on hold.