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The Food Issue

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Food represents one of BMC’s most important stands against gentrification. Our response to the new generation of grocery stores, CSAs, cafes and artisanal food outlets in Central Brooklyn -- where low-and moderate-income, long-term, Central Brooklyn residents are all but invisible -- is to build a food coop, by us, for us. Ride with BMC as we create a food sovereignty agenda for Central Brooklyn.

Talking Just Food
BMC and the Central Brooklyn Food Coop (CBFC) are repping hard at the Just Food conference this weekend. CBFC organizer, Raina Kennedy, joins a panel on the solidarity economy to discuss the shared values of and mutual support between food justice and solidarity economy groups.

Also in effect are CBFC leaders (and staff from CBFC partner organization NEBHDCo), Ashleigh Eubanks and Bianca Bockman, who will be helping to lead workshops on culinary education and youth programming. And don't miss the Bed-Stuy pre-conference mixer hosted by CBFC ally, Brooklyn Packers.

Pre-Just Food Conference Mixer:
Date: March 23rd, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: 210 Patchen Avenue, Brooklyn

Just Food Conference:
Date: March 25th, 2018
Time: 8:45 AM - 7:00 PM
Location: 2525 West 120th Street, New York

See the Just Food schedule for details.
Cooperation Brooklyn
Black food justice and food cooperative warriors (including Raina and Mark from BMC) at the site of Cooperative Jackson's future food coop in Jackson, Mississippi.

BMC is playing a leadership role in the world of food solidarity, both nationally and locally. In addition to being on the boards of the National Black Food and Justice Alliance (NBFJA) and the Cooperative Economics Alliance of New York City (CEANYC), representatives from BMC recently participated in a convening of Black food coops in Jackson, Mississippi; in a meeting of NYC coops hosted by the Park Slope Food Coop; and in the national meeting of Health, Environment, Agriculture, and Labor (HEAL) Food Alliance Summit in Cleveland, Ohio.

Also, BMC and the Central Brooklyn Food Coop also stand in solidarity with our neighbors, the Greene Hill Food Coop, which is re-locating due to a lease termination. Their planned new spot is on Classon Ave & Fulton Street, just around the corner from where Greene Hill is now, but the moving costs and new rent are high. Please support their fundraising campaign and help out another kick-ass Brooklyn coop with a working-member model.
Central Brooklyn Food Coop
Come check out a community orientation for the Central Brooklyn Food Coop scheduled for Saturday May 19th at the Bedford Library, 496 Franklin Avenue, from 12 pm to 2 pm. Also keep an eye out for the scheduling of an April orientation or general meeting - sign up for newsletter updates from CBFC on the website.

CBFC is also looking for new board members. Email csahewitt@gmail.com for more information.
What IS a food coop anyway? How does it work?

A food coop is a democratically controlled retail grocery in which the shoppers are sweat equity owners. In the case of CBFC, anyone can join the coop, but all shoppers must be members and contribute a set number of labor hours every month. This structure allows the coop to keep labor costs down and food affordable. Once opened, CBFC will be one of the only 100% member-owned, Black-led, food coops in the country.

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