Help us reach our fundraising goal of $150,000!
ANY amount helps and every dollar counts, and your contribution or any amount will make a real difference in the lives of our neighbors, and ensure that the vital programs, food and services Evans provides can continue on.
Donate to Evans Center today and help us stay open!
To help ensure that we can continue to serve our community, we have launched the "Evans 500" campaign.
We are seeking 500 individuals who are willing to donate $300 or more to our cause.
Additionally, we are honoring the legacy of our founder, Mr. Roosevelt Evans, by inviting people to join the "1965 Club" with a donation of $65. Of course, we are grateful for any amount that you can contribute, as every dollar counts.
In 1965, Mr. Roosevelt "Ross" Evans opened his supermarket in Palm Bay on the corner of Randolph and Florida Streets. The market was a neighborhood pillar that provided a safe, attractive place to buy healthy food and sundry items.
After his death, blight and crime set in. In 2007, a group of neighborhood leaders and organizations began facilitating discussions to turn the market into a community asset again, and in 2011 Evans Center Inc. became a non-profit organization. Evans Center leaders engaged the community through a survey, conversations, and collective participation. In 2012, Palm Bay demolished the old market, making way for a new vision for Evans Center: a vision that would honor the past and serve present community needs. On March 9, 2019, Evans Center unveiled its community healthy living model. The facility is a critical component in stabilizing the community and rebuilding the vision of Mr. Evans for a strong, prosperous and healthy community.
Evans Center recently celebrated its 4th anniversary on March 4th, 2023 and has become a vital hub for numerous programs and services in the community. Our market has been bringing fresh foods and a delicious hot food deli to the neighborhood, serving as a beacon of hope and nourishment for many of our neighbors.
However, we are currently facing significant financial struggles and are at risk of having to close permanently. This would be a devastating loss for our community and the rich history created by Mr. Roosevelt Evans since the 1960s when he opened the original Evans Market.
We need your support to keep our doors open.
Evans Center Provides:
Health & Wellness Education
Grocery Store, Hot deli & Catering
Fresh Produce, Healthy Food Options
Cooking with Color Youth Cooking Classes
Food Prescription Vouchers/Food Pharmacy
Free Lunch Programs
Employment and Job Training
Health Care Access, Brevard Health Alliance
Since Opening in 2019...
- Evans Center has invested back $1.1 million in the community through jobs for area residents
- 85% of Evans employees live in the neighborhood
- 8,426 free meals distributed during COVID
- 942 warm meals served to children during summer 2022 read & feed
- 95 average daily customers at Evans Community Market
- 296 free lunches served to children during 2023 spring break