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Food For Change movie night recaps

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Paula Schnese, founder of Cultivate Community Food Co-op, speaks to attendees at the Food for Change movie night in Vallejo, about the progress the co-op has made and what is in store for the future.

Cultivate Community Food Cooperative (CCFC) sponsored 2 movie nights. Food for Change (FFC) was first screened at The Hub in Vallejo in April and then again at the historic state capitol building in Benicia in June. At the June screening, we also had a panel of food co-op experts lead our evening and the audience got a better understanding of how food co-ops work and how CCFC will benefit our local communities.

FFC documents the history of food co-ops in America and the movie begins with the great depression when communities united and formed cooperatives to better take care of each other. The story continues through the war efforts of WWII and the time period following, when consumerism and convenience became an important part of society. As a result, grocery and department stores became popular during this period and cooperatives all but ceased to exist.

Cooperatives came back on the scene in the 60’s and 70’s during the civil rights movement and the hippie generation not only as a means to take care of each other and provide access to healthy foods for all, but also to build a resistance against large corporations. ‘Food for People Not for Profit’ was the principle that food co-ops were founded on at this time. In the 80’s & 90’s many established food co-ops closed their doors as large chain grocers moved into communities.

In the 2000’s more people were beginning to take notice! People noticed how these big stores affected their local economies; people noticed who controlled their food supply; and people noticed that most of the wealth in this country was coming from the top 1%.
As a result, food cooperatives are back on the rise. . . and in a big way!

There is a quiet revolution rising in communities across the nation. But don’t take our word for it. In addition to reading the article under “Co-op Education,” by renowned food journalist, Jon Steinman, please check out the Food Co-op Initiative’s website and Facebook page. They are the resource for community organizers who want to create a food co-op in their own area. For free, they help cultivate the seed (idea) to harvest (opening day) for up & coming food co-ops across the nation. At Cultivate Community Food Cooperative, Inc. we connected with this amazing team when we started cultivating our soil.

THANK YOU to these local vendors!

At our movie nights, local vendors supported our fundraising efforts by showcasing their products in our raffle. We are so grateful for their support and we would like to once again thank them. In addition, Dianna’s Bakery and Cafe Deli donated 10% of their sales from the movie night to CCFC!

  • Whipt Cookies
  • Fairyella Ice Pops
  • Fox & Fawn Bakehouse
  • Howling Hounds Coffee
  • The Salsa Chick
  • Vino Godfather
  • First Impressions Hair Salon
  • Benicia Jazzercise


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