Soko Market

The Hill CDC is excited to have officially transitioned the SOKO Community Market to the leadership of the Hill District Consensus Group!

Once the Hill District became a food desert in March of 2019, the Hill CDC convened a round table of leaders both in the food access space and the Hill District community to create the SOKO Community Market to address the need of food access and provide an opportunity for small businesses, including artists and creatives. In Swahili the word Soko means “market, fair and bazaar.”  The SOKO Community Market was established by a collective group to create a great interim solution for food accessibility, create vending opportunities for artists and other small businesses, and bring together nourishment for both the body and mind. However, the Hill CDC is unable to continue to lead this effort and believe it has found a good new home at the Hill District Consensus Group.

The Hill CDC would like to thank all of our other partners Just Harvest, Grow Pittsburgh, Duquesne University School of Pharmacy, Ujamaa Collective, University of Pittsburgh Community Engagement Center (CEC) Hill District, Repair the World, Pittsburgh Food Policy Council, Hill House Association, Giant Eagle, PHRESH Rand Corporation, E Properties and Development, and Vernard Alexander for your hard work supporting launching this initiative last year and developing the brand.

The Hill CDC will continue to support the market as we are available to participate and of course we will continue to be advocates for food access in the Hill District, especially related to a grocery store returning to the Centre Heldman Plaza.

Please see other future dates on the flyer and if you have any questions, please reach out to Neashia Johnson, SOKO Community Market Manager, at the Hill District Consensus Group via email at neashia [at]