From Food Desert to Food Oasis: How Co-ops Can Make a Difference

Current discussions among food co-operatives often turn to the presence of food deserts in our cities and towns and what co-ops might do to address them. Mari Gallagher coined the now-popular term to describe neighbourhoods where mainstream grocers are distant. The statistically significant impacts on disease and life for people living in food deserts are well known. There won't be a single solution to the problem, and every project helps. At the Consumer Cooperative Management Association 2011 conference, Mari shared some of her ideas for solutions that food co-ops can create.

US Food Co-op Impact Study

What’s to love about food co-ops? So much! Co-ops have a cool way of doing things differently. They’re people working together for better food, stronger communities and a healthier world. And cooperative grocers are making a big impact. A new study, Healthy Foods Healthy Communities: The Social and Economic Impacts of Food Co-ops,* quantifies the impact food co-ops have as compared to conventional grocery stores. The study’s compelling results demonstrate the many ways that food co-ops do well while doing good.

Resources for Youth in Workers Co-ops

1. Cultivate.Coop Wiki page collecting resources on Youth In Co-ops.  Please add your resources!

2. Co-op Academy Curriculum developed mostly by Stacey Cordeiro from and including Youth In Co-op workshops:

3. Roots' Curriculum: Youth Leadership, Meeting Facilitation, Co-ops 101 for Youth, more...

4. A video series from the Youth Co-ops Workshop from the Chicago Conference 

Watch all the videos in this series here.