Wednesday, January 26, 2011

After 6 Months, Still A Lot of Buzz About the Old North Grocery Co-op

The Old North Grocery Co-op has been in business now for more than six months, but it’s still getting a lot of attention as an innovative and creative way of bringing healthy and affordable foods to an area classified as a “food desert.”  The co-op and several other initiatives in Old North or affiliated with ONSLRG recently got added to the list of community wealth building models posted on, which is billed as “the web’s most comprehensive and up-to-date information resource on state-of-the-art strategies for democratic, community-based economic development.”  The website also profiled the City of St. Louis as a Community Wealth City, with many initiatives in Old North credited as contributing to the city’s revival.

To read the whole article, click here.

Another article that put the spotlight on the Old North Grocery Co-op was published online this week by, “the premiere digital marketplace that connects the healthy lifestyle industry from supply to shelf.”  This feature connects the Old North approach to new interest from the federal government in the challenges of access to healthy foods in urban areas: “The Obama administration has introduced legislation to help solve the problem of ‘food deserts’.  In such communities as the Old North St. Louis neighborhood and Philadelphia, they are coming up with initiatives of their own.”

To read the full article, click here.

Meanwhile, Specialty Food Magazine’s January/February issue includes a story about the “Boom in Food Co-ops” with several references to the Old North Grocery Co-op as an example of the do-it-yourself ethic at the heart of many co-ops.

To learn more about the Old North Grocery Co-op, stop in to check it out at 2718 N. 13th Street, just south of St. Louis Avenue.  Over the past six months, the store has become a great resource for the community, but there’s still room for improvement.  If you don’t see what you’re looking for - be sure to put in your request with the staff or send a note to Sarah Kate Buckles, the manager, (email: and they’ll see what they can do for you.  And if you’d really like to show your support, there’s always room for more member-owners - just click here for details.

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