Church hopes to expand non-profit grocery store in Hampton to double services to community

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HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — A local church is hoping to expand its non-profit grocery store.

The Vineyard’s Storehouse is located in the Buckroe area of Hampton.

Minister Jacob Hopson said it’s the only non-profit grocery store in the state and provides for residents who are food insecure.

It originally started for the congregation, who he says he noticed were paying high prices for food, and then opened for the public.

“We’ve shown giving should not only impact you, but the area you’re in,” he said.

Hopson says many in the community have food insecurity, which means they might not know where their next meal comes from.

“In the richest country in the world, we should not have this problem. We should not have that problem. This is our answer. This was our response to the area that we’re in,” he said.

And the response has been great, according to Hopson.

“We’ve been able to help 11,349 families,” he told 10 On Your Side.

Now, they’re looking to expand their store and double the amount of people they’re helping.

“We’re going to blow out the wall and literally take next door and turn it into a full time store,” he said.

Proceeds from the store and congregation members go toward buying the food to sell.

So, they need help and are looking for donations to help continue their mission.

“I am a disabled veteran. I am a guy. This is what my purpose is. This is my purpose to insure that lives are changed whenever we get around people,” he said.

To donate, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/virginia039s-first-nonprofit-grocery-store?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fb_co_shareflow_w.

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