Co-op update for March 2011

In this Issue:

  • What We’ve Been Up To
  • Upcoming Events
  • Become a Member of the South Philly Food Co-op
You’re the best (yes you!): Our plans to open a food co-op in South Philly are really moving along and we wanted to THANK everyone for their patience and continued interest in what we’re doing! Keep reading to hear about what we’ve been up to, what we have planned and how you can support the effort.

What We’ve Been Up To:

We’ve been busy presenting the South Philly Food Co-op at neighborhood civic association meetings and collecting surveys of people’s opinions, including their level of interest in the co-op. Thanks to everyone who has filled out our survey—more than 800 of you—and those who haven’t can take the survey here. We held our first fundraiser at the South Philadelphia Taproom in early December and it was a huge success—more than 80 people turned out for drink and food specials. A great time was had by all! And have you heard of Ignite Philly? It’s a chance to present a “spark” of a great idea planned to happen in Philadelphia in short 5 minute bursts…they obviously thought our 5 minutes were explosive because they awarded us with $1000! _____________________________________________

Upcoming Events:

Come out and meet the South Philly Food Co-op! Spring Community Forum Monday, March 21 at 7pm (limited parking available) Neumann-Goretti High School Auditorium Entrance at 11th and Moore Streets We are hosting a community forum where we’ll share our progress and plans to open the South Philly Food Co-op. It’s a chance for everyone to meet one another and for those of you in the community to ask any and all questions you may have about the project. It’s also a chance for you to find out more about how you can lend a hand (we’re always looking for more people with time, energy and/or fancy skills). RSVP on our Facebook page. We hope to see you there! Whole Foods for the Whole Family Sunday, March 27th at 6pm Philly Community Wellness at 1241 Carpenter Street Keep your family healthy with the foods that you’ll be able to find at your local co-operative. Join Marie Winters, ND as she discusses the benefits and medicinal properties of everyday fruits, vegetables, grains, and proteins. Find out how eating seasonally helps to keep the body naturally healthy, and discuss ways to use the first spring fruits and vegetables to improve your health and wellbeing. Learn about gentle detoxing using food and juice, immune support for the whole family, keeping your heart healthy naturally, maintaining hormonal balance with your diet. RSVP on our Facebook page or by emailing Are you interested in leading a discussion or organizing an educational/fundraising event? Email We are planning additional education events and fundraisers for the spring and summer and are looking for people who are connected to businesses, restaurants, authors, speakers or performance artists. If you have a good idea for a co-op fundraiser or an educational event and are interested in helping get it off the ground, please email us. We have the volunteers and resources to help make it happen. _____________________________________________

Become a Member of the South Philly Food Co-op!

Ready to become a member of the co-op? We’re planning to kick off our Membership Drive this summer. Stay tuned for more details and come to the Forum to learn what it means to be a member-owner of the co-op. Remember: We own It – and we need to work for it! Thanks again and looking forward to seeing you soon! The Steering Committee Alison Fritz, Chair Maria Camoratto, Vice Chair Mary Beth Hertz, Secretary Cassie Plummer, Inter-Committee Liaison, Legal & Finance Committee Julia Koprak John Raezer Marsha Shiflet