Meet a Committee Member: Maria Camoratto



On which committee do you serve?

Vice Chair of Steering Committee

What do you do for a living?

Architect/Community Development

How did you get involved with the food co-op?

I moved to Philadelphia from Brooklyn and asked my neighbors and friends in this area if there was a food co-op nearby. I was interested in meeting some like-minded people as well as shopping at a local food store where I would have a say in the planning and organization. Basically, I sought out the South Philly Food Co-op!

Why do you want a food co-op in South Philly?

My favorite place to shop for food is the Farmer's Market by the fountain at S 11th and Passyunk. I like that the food is locally grown. The problem is that it's only once a week and only a portion of the year. I'm looking forward to a food co-op in South Philly so I can shop somewhere that has healthy local food options as well as an interest in health and community.

Why should people join a food co-op?

There are a lot of reasons to join a food co-op. One would be to have a voice in the business where you buy your food. One would be to support your local community to help provide jobs and keep businesses local. Another reason would be to take part in a unique community where people work and learn and shop. Lots of reasons, but those are the few that come to mind immediately.

What is your favorite meal to cook and why?

I just made polenta with roasted red and yellow peppers and onions over top. It was delicious!