ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — A Roanoke neighborhood where residents say they have been missing an easily accessible grocery store for years is finally getting a new way to put food on the table.

Local Environmental Agriculture Project (LEAP) is running that initiative from its new headquarters on Patterson Avenue.

The store will be the new home of the West End Farmers Market — which takes place every Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. — as well as a space for those farmers to sell fresh food all week long.

Roanoke resident Ajah Ransom says it’s much needed.

“Let’s say you live here in Hurt Park. You’d have to walk maybe 30, 40 minutes, even an hour, to get to the food co-op, and it’s more expensive there,” said Ransom.

Brent Cochran, vice president of LEAP’s board, says the headquarters will also be home to the organization’s new offices and will offer a community hub space.

“There’s no grocery store here. In most of northwest and northeast, there are large gaps in neighborhoods where there are no grocery stores,” said Cochran. “And it’s not a silver bullet solution, but it helps.”

The funding comes from a $50,000 grant through the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services at the start of Virginia Agriculture Week.

The headquarters is set to open later this year, with LEAP officials saying they hope it will provide a new market for farmers and a resource for residents.