LANCASTER – PA Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, PA First Lady Frances Wolf, and some state lawmakers and officials visited Treasures Market at 515 N. Franklin Street in Lancaster as part of PA’s fourth annual Urban Ag Week. The location fill gaps in the food system for those who live in urban areas. Treasures of Hope Foundation in Lancaster works with community coalition partners to revitalize access to healthy and affordable food and home goods, provide employment, and address issues of poverty and food insecurity. Mike Mitchell, Chairman of Treasures Market, talked about God’s leading to open the market at a former Giant location. He said God put the concept of Treasures on his heart six years ago. The market took over the location of a former Giant grocery store that left a “food desert’ to the community without a local place to get needed food. Treasures also employs individuals from Lancaster’s Water Street Mission’s Step Up Program to help persons get back into the workforce after they leave the mission. Treasures received a $450,000 Fresh Food Financing Grant to invest in more cold storage and upgrade their facilities. State officials also visited DECA City Farms which was born out of the pandemic in the streets of Lancaster with a plan to grow their love for planting and growing to ensure food security for their community.