September 27, 2012 - Since the founding of the South Philly Food Co-op in 2010, 300+ members have invested time and equity toward the establishment of a member-owned grocery store that will provide nutritious food to all South Philadelphia residents.
The impact of those investments has just been significantly amplified thanks to a major grant from The Reinvestment Fund, a national leader in the financing of neighborhood-revitalization projects. The South Philly Food Co-op has been awarded a $25,000 Food Access Grant a huge vote of confidence in the mission and leadership of the South Philly Food Co-op, an assurance that the large majority of its members™ investments will go directly to opening the store, and a giant boost for what the co-op will be able to accomplish in the immediate future.
September 27 2012 - If you want to see how community food co-ops launch, grow and flourish, Philadelphia is becoming a great case study.
This month, two up-and-coming community food co-ops each received $25,000 in grant funding from The Reinvestment Fund, a nonprofit that finances community revitalization projects throughout the region.
Kensington Community Food Co-op and South Philadelphia Food Co-op each received the funding as part of a larger, statewide TRF grant to assist food-based non-profits increase underserved Pennsylvania residents’ access to healthy food, create and preserve jobs, and foster community based food organizations. The competitive process drew more than 50 applications for just 13 awards.
February 22, 2011 -The South Philly Food Co-op, an initiative that started last April, is holding a community meeting on March 21st to report their progress after almost a year of planning and answer any questions. The Co-op, which recently received a $1,000 donation from Ignite Philly, hopes to open a community-owned cooperative grocery story in South Philadelphia by 2012 where members can own a share and have a say in the store’s dealings. Their aim is to encourage sustainability and provide affordable and quality locally-sourced foods through a community effort.
April 20, 2010 - Almost a month ago, we let you in on the prospect of helping South Philly get their own food co-op. Well, it looks as though things are going well because another meeting will be held Monday the 26th at 6:30 p.m. at the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center on Passyunk and Dickinson. Weavers Way Food Co-op will present “What is a Food Co-op and what it will take to get one started.” Neighbors who want to own a community business are encouraged to attend.
March 31, 2010 - Figured we’d pass this along for our South Philly readers:
In my humble opinion, it’s time to start a Food Co-op in South Philadelphia!
Are you interested in being an owner in a food grocery business with only a small monetary investment? Are you willing to volunteer your time to explore the possibility of tweaking the economic model and learn how a consumer cooperative works?