Louis’ Groceries is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in August 2011. Our mission is to increase community access to fresh produce and other healthy food options, and to promote the adoption of healthy eating habits.
Through our flagship initiative, the operation of a small grocery store in Chicago’s Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood, we seek to
- Supply residents with fresh fruits and vegetables, along with other nutritious items, which are currently not readily available
- Develop a business model to share with other neighborhood stores for successfully retailing produce on a small scale in underserved communities
- Learn about individuals’ food choices, and encourage healthier food consumption through in-store educational programming and promotions and incentives
Our organization is named for the French bulldog of founder, Kristy Kitzmiller.
Louis, our namesake
We seek to meet the grocery needs of all neighborhood residents, and especially those who cannot easily travel to full-service supermarkets located further than one mile from our store location. Louis’ Groceries stocks a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, along with meat and dairy products. We also carry grains, legumes, and other staple ingredients necessary for preparing nutritious meals.
Our pilot store features a demonstration kitchen and education space, where nutrition-based classes and other community events are held.