Group meeting to bring food co-op to Fishtown/Kensington

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We goofed and forgot to put this in the Star, but I met up with the folks organizing this last week. It's a nice coalition of people who seem pretty serious about bringing a real brick-and-mortar food co-op to our neighborhoods.


By Brian Rademaekers
Star Staff Writer

It started last June with residents at the East Kensington Neighbors Association discussing what type of development they could support to create a tighter sense of community in the neighborhood.
The answer they arrived at was a community-owned food co-op that would make fresh, healthy food more available in the neighborhood.
That mission has since spilled over the East Kensington borders, reaching into Fishtown, Port Richmond, and various parts of Kensington, and a serious grassroots effort is under way to make the vision a reality.
A new group, unrelated to EKNA, has yet to land on an official name. Founding members have established a Web site and meet about three times a month. Various committees feature about 25 residents, and an e-mail chain reaches about 150 subscribers.
This Sunday, March 1, the group will meet at the Philadelphia Brewing Company on Amber Street to host an orientation meeting. The gathering is for residents who are interested in learning what the group has achieved so far and to solicit help from those interested in joining committees.
Jeff Carpineta, a Dauphin Street resident and founding member of the effort, stressed that while the group got its start in East Kensington, the co-op is open to residents from all neighborhoods.
Similar groups have formed in other parts of the city, with Mount Airy’s Weavers Way co-op being one of the best known.
While there are a number of variations, most food cooperatives are nonprofit, and work by allowing members of a community to purchase food in bulk through a community-owned store.
Members in the Kensington group expressed interest in providing better access to organic food and other organic products.
The group’s next initiative will be to develop a survey for surrounding neighborhoods that will help guide the direction of the co-op. Volunteers are needed to assist in the survey.
Residents who are interested in learning more about the formation of a local co-op are invited to attend this Sunday’s meeting at the Philadelphia Brewing Company, located at 2439 Amber St, one block west of Frankford Avenue.
The meeting will begin at 2 p.m.
For more information on the Kensington community food co-op, call (215) 423-1476 or write to .

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