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Movie screening and meeting at Benicia State Capitol to inspire creation of food co-op

Cultivate Community Food Co-op (CCFC), a group of citizens from Benicia and Vallejo engaged in gathering local support to launch Solano County’s first community-owned, natural grocery store, is sponsoring a free movie screening, “Food for Change,” June 15th from 6-9:30 p.m. at Benicia’s State Capitol on First St. (Suggested donation for this fundraiser is $5.)

“This movie tells the story about how co-ops can inspire and build communities,” says Paula Schnese, founder of Cultivate Community Food Co-op. “We need a brick and mortar grocer dedicated to providing high-quality, locally-sourced products. It’s good for our community, it’s good for our bodies, and we’re hoping that this film will inspire more interest and participation.

“We need help and support from our community and what better place is there to commemorate the start of something historic for our region than at the Benicia State Capitol!”

CCFC invites the community for an evening celebrating food cooperatives and to find out more about the buzz CCFC is building in the community. The event includes a panel discussion, community open forum, the film screening, a raffle and more.

Bring your picnic blanket! Event organizers also encourage attendees to pick-up food at Dianna’s Bakery and Cafe Deli, across the street from the Capitol, then eat on the grass next to the Capitol. Dianna’s will stay open until 6:30 p.m. and will donate 10% of their proceeds to Cultivate Community Food Co-op.

“We live in the middle of one of the most productive agricultural areas in the world, yet, it is difficult to find locally grown food nearby. Farmers drive past our area to service the cities of Berkeley and San Francisco and it shouldn’t be that way. We need to create a market for local farmers right here.”

Food for Change tells the story of the cooperative movement in the United States in a way that is both entertaining and informative and profiles several food co-ops that have revived neighborhoods and entire regions. No other film in history has examined this type of community development. Learn how and why supporting co-ops with our food spending dollars makes for a more sustainable system.

“If you want a food co-op in our area, come to this movie! Let’s build this together,” says Schnese.


Food for Change Trailer from Home Planet Pictures on Vimeo.

Cultivate Community Food Co-op is gaining momentum and attention. Their quest to bring a natural foods food co-op to our county recently garnered the attention of a San Francisco Chronicle reporter who profiled the group, along with other more established co-ops, in a feature length article entitled The Rise of the Modern Food Cooperative. Those interested in learning more about the needs and work of Cultivate Community Food Co-op as well as information about how a food co-op can inspire and build a community, should attend Food For Change or visit their website at


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