The Lower 9th Ward Grocery Store

$67,601 of $80k goal

Raised by 1,094 people in 19 months
LowerninthwardBuilding New Orleans  NEW ORLEANS, LA
Ten years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, finding healthy food in the Lower 9th Ward is more than just a challenge – it’s nearly impossible. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Lower Ninth Ward is considered a “Food Desert.” The nearest full-service grocery story is about 3.5 miles away in St. Bernard Parish, and with 30 percent of residents lacking personal transportation making a trip to Walmart is that much harder -- it takes 3 buses to get there. The only local option for food is the nearby gas station.
On the corner of Caffin and Galvez, in the heart of the Lower 9th Ward, Burnell and Keasha Cotlon have undertaken building the first grocery store since Hurricane Katrina to finally make fresh and healthy foods available to the community. Lifelong residents of the Lower 9th Ward, the Cotlons have invested their life's savings into providing food access to a neighborhood in dire need. Burnell and Keasha believe that the store, in addition to bringing food access to the area, will bring back residents and other businesses to a neighborhood that feels long forgotten by the City of New Orleans. 

Our goal is to reach $80,000.

With $6,500, we can purchase a large reach-in refrigerator to hold dairy and meats

With $8,500, we can purchase the large fridge above, and a complete point-of-sale system to manage inventory and create a smooth checkout process
At $59,500, we'll not only get the necessary fridge and the point-of-sale system above, but also start the grocery store building expansion, including construction, signage, air conditioning, and new shelving

With $80,000, we can ensure the grocery store renovations and consider a Laundry Mat extension to continue serving immediate needs of the Lower 9th Ward
 

Every little bit helps.  The community and hope created at the Lower 9th Ward Market extends beyond the boundaries of the store and into the heart of the neighborhood.  Join us in committing to improve the lives and opportunities of people in the Lower 9th Ward.
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Update 2
Posted by LowerninthwardBuilding New Orleans
15 months ago
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First and foremost, I would like to thank everyone for their support!! I am an average guy with above average dreams and all I want is for my neighborhood to catch up with the rest of the city. Because of everyone's generousity my dreams are slowly becoming a reality.
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Update 1
Posted by LowerninthwardBuilding New Orleans
19 months ago
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Thank you to all who have donated, shared & even dropped by to see where you can help us with our building!! It really means a lot to us & we look forward to having some updates soon.
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Sarah Leah Call
19 months ago
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I cried watching this. It is so heartwarming to know there are still selfless and amazing people out there. I will happily donate.

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Aisha Williams
19 months ago
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It's time to give back . Put your money were your mouth is or food in someone else's.

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Nancy Jackson
18 months ago
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I learned about these amazing people on CBS Sunday Morning . My faith in humanity needs restoring now and then, and this story did it for me. The Lower Ninth Ward Grocery Store is a celebration of community and the goodness of the human spirit.

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Lisa Foster
18 months ago
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Burnell you are the most special person God has blessed the 9th ward with. I cried watching this segment, with your mom & all the wonderful "family" you have in your hometown. What a wonderful gift you are to all of them! I am happy that I can help toward your goals. Blessings to you & your family

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Willard Blount
19 months ago
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Amazing guys

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Barbara Bristow
19 months ago
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greAT CAUSE

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Georgianna Morgan
15 months ago
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I'm so happy this is going to be realized. You are both wonderful and show what being American is all about. Someday I might be down that way and I'm going to come visit. Woo hoo for you two!

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Michele Adamo
15 months ago
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Thanks for reminding me of your amazing work, and for the opportunity to share again. I've re-posted to my page, and will look forward to seeing what happens next!

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Sondra Leonard
18 months ago
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I saw you on ELLEN show the other day! Just wonderful! Burnell and Keasha Cotlon you are amazing motivational people for your community! Such role models for much needed change in many many communities ! May the good you are doing today fill many folks with joy and love ! I know it has filled me!

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Becky Johnston
18 months ago
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This person used all of his life savings to make a difference in the 9th ward. This is a GREAT cause. Glad to still be contributing to the aftermath of Katrina.

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$67,601 of $80k goal

Raised by 1,094 people in 19 months
Created August 8, 2015
LowerninthwardBuilding New Orleans  
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Sherouk Omara
7 days ago
$50
Anonymous
11 days ago
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$100
Valyncia Saunders
22 days ago
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$100
Dana DeAngelis
24 days ago
$20
Anonymous
25 days ago
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1 month ago
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Anna P
1 month ago
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Ralph Kuhen
1 month ago

Saw your story on the NBA All Star show - so proud of both of you for opening up your market to the 9th Ward - good luck and God Bless r

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$25
Sharon Setliff
1 month ago
Sarah Leah Call
19 months ago
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I cried watching this. It is so heartwarming to know there are still selfless and amazing people out there. I will happily donate.

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Aisha Williams
19 months ago
6
6

It's time to give back . Put your money were your mouth is or food in someone else's.

+ Read More
Nancy Jackson
18 months ago
4
4

I learned about these amazing people on CBS Sunday Morning . My faith in humanity needs restoring now and then, and this story did it for me. The Lower Ninth Ward Grocery Store is a celebration of community and the goodness of the human spirit.

+ Read More
Lisa Foster
18 months ago
2
2

Burnell you are the most special person God has blessed the 9th ward with. I cried watching this segment, with your mom & all the wonderful "family" you have in your hometown. What a wonderful gift you are to all of them! I am happy that I can help toward your goals. Blessings to you & your family

+ Read More
Willard Blount
19 months ago
2
2

Amazing guys

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Barbara Bristow
19 months ago
2
2

greAT CAUSE

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Georgianna Morgan
15 months ago
1
1

I'm so happy this is going to be realized. You are both wonderful and show what being American is all about. Someday I might be down that way and I'm going to come visit. Woo hoo for you two!

+ Read More
Michele Adamo
15 months ago
1
1

Thanks for reminding me of your amazing work, and for the opportunity to share again. I've re-posted to my page, and will look forward to seeing what happens next!

+ Read More
Sondra Leonard
18 months ago
1
1

I saw you on ELLEN show the other day! Just wonderful! Burnell and Keasha Cotlon you are amazing motivational people for your community! Such role models for much needed change in many many communities ! May the good you are doing today fill many folks with joy and love ! I know it has filled me!

+ Read More
Becky Johnston
18 months ago
1
1

This person used all of his life savings to make a difference in the 9th ward. This is a GREAT cause. Glad to still be contributing to the aftermath of Katrina.

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