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Major donation made for Farmers Market in East Albany

Investors donated the old Winn Dixie store in East Albany to  the Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education. Investors donated the old Winn Dixie store in East Albany to the Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education.
Phoenix Investors donated the $2.3 million dollar building as part of their initiative to revitalize communities. Phoenix Investors donated the $2.3 million dollar building as part of their initiative to revitalize communities.
East Albany could be getting a new Farmers Market next year thanks to a large donation to a social justice advocacy organization. East Albany could be getting a new Farmers Market next year thanks to a large donation to a social justice advocacy organization.
Southwest Georgia Project Executive Director Shirley Sherrod Southwest Georgia Project Executive Director Shirley Sherrod
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

East Albany could be getting a new Farmers Market next year thanks to a large donation to a social justice advocacy organization.

The old Winn Dixie grocery store on East Oakridge Drive has been donated to the Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education.

Phoenix Investors donated the $2.3 million dollar building as part of their initiative to revitalize communities.

Southwest Georgia Project plans to use the nearly 47,000 square foot building to house a food hub for farmers in a 15 county region.

"This is a game changer for farmers who have small acreage, even farmers who have large acreage. To be able to grow produce and get it into the market," said SWGA Project Executive Director Shirley Sherrod.

Sherrod says she expects the hub to serve at least 100 farmers selling their produce and they hope to have the market open in 2016.

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