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As noted in these articles, ONSLRG has been working closely with staff from the Community Partnership Project at UM-St. Louis and UM-Extension Services throughout the research and planning process. As a neighborhood-based co-op, the grocery will be community-focused and structured to allow the people who shop there to be investors and participants in the decision-making process regarding various operational matters, including election of the board. Most grocery co-ops also provide special discounts on certain items. The Old North co-op, however, will be open to all and membership will not be required to shop there. Another feature of this grocery will be an emphasis on providing food and products grown or produced locally or regionally.
With news that the Missouri Foundation for Health has approved a 3-year grant to help ONSLRG launch the co-op, the planned opening in 2010 has picked up considerable steam. A lot of work remains to be done before that can happen, but community members and volunteers are coming forward to offer their services and support. If you’d like to assist as a member of the planning committee, if you’d like to make a financial contribution to the cause, if you’d like to donate new or used commercial grade refrigerators, or if you’d like to offer professional services - electrical, carpentry, painting, HVAC, - or any other support, contact ONSLRG executive director Sean Thomas at 314-241-5031 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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