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,” April 23 from 5-7:30 p.m. at The Hub in Vallejo. (Suggested donation for this fundraiser is $10.)
“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 around us to join our movement. We need help and support.”
CCFC’s movement 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’ last month in their Sunday food magazine.
“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.
“If you want a food co-op in our area, come to this movie! Let’s build this together,” says Schnese.
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 and visit the CCFC website at cultivatecommunityfood.coop/.