NYC’s only black-led food co-op sets its sights on a storefront
Central Brooklyn residents have launched an online fundraiser to open a community-owned grocery store catering to communities of color.
Central Brooklyn Food Coop — which claims to be “one of the only urban Black-led food cooperatives in the nation and the only one in New York City” — will launch an online fundraising effort through Kickstarter on Wednesday to raise the initial capital — $25,000 — to expand into a brick-and-mortar location in the summer of 2020.
The food co-op launched six years ago to ensure access to affordable and fresh food to the low- and moderate-income communities of Central Brooklyn, most of which are communities-of-color.
“As black people in a predominantly black neighborhood that has been hit for such a long time, that was struggling economically, food became a symbol — a symbol of what we did not have and what we lacked, and this very fundamental ability to feed ourselves and to do for ourselves. So building the Central Brooklyn Food Coop is a way to right that ship,” said Mark Winston Griffith, co-founding board member of the co-op.