The Lower 9th Ward Grocery Store
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.
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
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!