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Shop Small, Eat Local: The Kingston Food Co-op

Posted by Andrew Addotta on

You may or may not have heard, but there’s a community effort to launch a food co-op in Kingston. Started in 2018, the original group was 12 community members who got together to help launch the initiative. It’s come together quickly, and the organizers have already met a few major milestones. You can read more about the timeline here.

The core values and mission of the Co-Op are as follows:

Mission:

Kingston Food Co-op will be a member- and worker-owned, cooperative market committed to providing fresh, local, nutritious, and affordable food to the Kingston community. Together, we work to support the changing needs of our members and to promote the well-being of our city and our planet.

Values:

  • Openness & Equity
  • Social Responsibility & Transformation of Our Local Food System
  • Accountability

An important aspect of this co-op is its commitment to community solidarity. Solidarity shares are available on a sliding scale from $0-$15 for those in need, and free shares available to all BIPOC. These memberships are funded through the co-op’s Solidarity Share Fund. (Side note: we’d like to thank all of you who made Solidarity Share Fund donations in our store over the holidays. In solidarity with you, we matched all of them. You can make further donations here.)  

When we joined the co-op this past fall, we answered their call for help on the building development committee. We’re honored to be working with a cross-section of our community to help build an amazing place for the co-op to flourish.

Please take a moment to learn more about the Kingston Food Co-oP—and we encourage you to join if you can.

Yours in solidarity,

Andrew + Clark

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