Healthy. Affordable. Community Owned.
That's what the community of Greensboro, North Carolina wants and deserves as a community, but don't take my word for it. Hear what the members of Renaissance Community Coop have to say in this great video:
Greensboro is showing us how a community can come together to build a grocery store that serves their needs. Good food, good jobs, and good money is something that brings people together. By working together, the possibility of what can be created grows.
So as you're building a cooperatively-run food business think about how you might be able to connect to the larger campus community, beyond the schools walls. What are the neighborhoods nearby doing? What community organizations have you reached out to? How might your support local efforts that align with your own? How can we support each other in our learning and longing for more thriving and equitable communities?
Brown University worked to serve their campus community and wanted to be conscious of not duplicating efforts in the larger community. They also recognized that cafeteria workers's access to healthy food is just as limited as students, so they designed their "Market Shares" program at Brown University to benefit students, staff, and workers.
Renaissance Community Coop is also showing us that a grocery store goes beyond good food, it's also about good jobs, accessibility, and community ownership.
Thanks for sharing your story Greensboro!