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WEBINAR: It's Time for Community-Owned Grocery Stores


Grocery stores have been thrust into an unprecedented spotlight. Never before have so many of us come to understand their crucial role and value in our communities. There is, however, a precedent for a model of grocery store ownership that is well-suited for the times we now find ourselves in a model that has long operated in service to human health, community well-being and local economies. For well over a century, consumer-owned grocery stores (food co-ops) have been modeling the resilience, responsibility and stewardship that all people deserve to expect from their neighborhood grocers. Today, there are 230 food co-ops in the U.S. with 300+ locations among them. Over 1.6 million Americans are member-owners of these stores. Another 85 food co-ops are in development.

In this webinar, author Jon Steinman (Grocery Story: The Promise of Food Co-ops in the Age of Grocery Giants) introduce this important model of grocery storeownership by exploring why food co-ops emerge in challenging times, how they operate today, and why they are more important now than ever before.

JON STEINMAN is the author of Grocery Story: The Promise of Food Co-ops in the Age of Grocery Giants(New Society Publishers, 2019). In 2019, Jon completed a 130-stop book release touracross the US and Canada and delivered his Grocery Story presentation at each stop. He was hosted at one-hundred established food co-op locations and twenty-threein their development stages. Jon has studied and worked with all things food for over two decades. He was the producer and host of the internationally syndicated radio show and podcast Deconstructing Dinnerand the writer and host for Deconstructing Dinner: Reconstructing our Food Systema television and web series ( Jon was an elected director (2006-2016) of the Kootenay Co-opin Nelson, British Columbia Canada's largest independent consumer food co-op serving as board president in his final two years (

Suggested Donation: $15-$25.

No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Your donation will help the co-op recover from the financial impacts of Covid-19, and support the opening of our store and the launch of our Basics Box program prior to opening. 


June 25, 2020 at 6:30pm - 8pm
Zoom Meeting
Lori ·
Dawn Rochester Colleen Walsh Jenna Stewart Mita Banerjee David Woo Martin Brown Kathy Fox Sue Wright Kristina Bonatakis Eliza Kinsey linda steinman Christopher DeAngelis Anna Yermakova Roberta Heydenberk Chad Hooper Alley Cauldwell

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