The Celia Saxon community of Columbia, SC, is a good example of an Honor Village. For many years, the Columbia, SC, Housing Authority worked diligently to add pieces to the puzzle, but access to fresh food was missing. Over 40% of residents within the Celia Saxon community are without an automobile, requiring them to walk, ride public transportation or pay a cab in order to have access to fresh food. The US Department of Agriculture defined the neighborhood as a food desert. Honor Capital saw the missing piece to this puzzle and brought a Veteran owned Save-a-Lot food store, under the command of Marcus Scarborough, with affordable, fresh food to the Celia Saxon community. On May 6, 2015, the neighborhood became an Honor Village with the last piece being fresh food. (HCS means Honor Capital Store.) HCS COLUMBIA is now under the command of our partner, Bryan Winter. By the way, we created over 20 jobs. To see our store click here.
We are creating our next Honor Village in west Tulsa, Oklahoma, on historic Route 66. Like HCS COLUMBIA, HCS TULSA is also in a USDA food desert. The City of Tulsa is actively revitalizing west Tulsa providing many pieces of the puzzle. Honor Capital completed the puzzle on November 11, 2015, "Veteran's Day", when it opened its second Save-A-Lot food store bringing fresh food to the neighborhood. HCS TULSA is under the command of our partner, Jared O'Malley, and again created at least 20 new jobs. To see the news clip click here.
In early 2016, we defeated our third food desert. This time, we provided affordable, fresh food to eastern Winfield, KS, a non-metro, county seat in south central Kansas. The county's economic director had said that a food store in this location was the county's number one need. When we completed this puzzle, Honor Capital defeated three, distinct, food deserts in inner city, suburban and rural locations, demonstrating that the Honor Village Concept works across America. HCS WINFIELD is under the command of our partner, Matt Eisenbach, and we again created over 20 new jobs. To see the store click here.
In early 2017, we defeated our fourth food desert. This time, we provided affordable, fresh food to southern Wichita, KS, which some deem to be the worst city in America for food deserts on a per capita basis. This neighborhood had been without a food store for several years. Additionally, this neighborhood has the highest hispanic population than any other Honor Capital store to date and we are excited to serve those neighbors. HCS Wichita is under the command of partner Matt Eisenbach. To see more on Wichita click here.
Aiken, SC opened on March 8, 2017, to record breaking numbers. In Aiken, we defeated our fifth food desert gaining momentum in surrounding communities. The Aiken store was reborn.
HCS Danville, VA
The Danville, VA Save-A-Lot was re-opened to a community in need of fresh food on June 7, 2017. Lines wrapped around the block with neighbors and friends happy to have access to fresh food.