Allie Mentzer, Marketing Manager
It is our hope that Steve Alves’ beautifully crafted film will generate new enthusiasm for the cooperative model. We will be contributing $6,000 over the next two years to the completion of the film. As Food for Change will reveal, co-ops are at their strongest during economically or environmentally unsettled times like these. Now is a crucial time to share the co-operative model broadly, so that together we can nourish our families and reinvigorate our local economies. Co-operators are problem solvers. Food for Change will remind us all of that simple, glorious fact. Many thanks to Steve Alves, his production team and Franklin Community Co-op for telling our story. We’ll be contributing as much cash as we can. If you’d like to do the same, please invest now.
Linden Hills Co-op supports the Food for Change project because we value our shared cooperative history and our co-op’s role as a viable alternative to a food system based on international agribusiness. Nevertheless, we often struggle in our efforts to communicate our core values to the general public. With “natural” food available on almost any grocery shelf, just what exactly is it that makes our co-op different from our big box competitors? More so than almost any other media, film has the capacity to transform a complex idea into a story, eliciting an emotional response that leads to change.
Linden Hills Co-op was founded during the 1970s wave of cooperative growth. Today Linden Hills Co-op is still a community owned grocery store, now owned by roughly 6500 of our neighbors. We partner with hundreds of local producers to bring our member-owners products that are healthy for them, the environment and the community. You’ll find local meats, produce and dairy; locally made, award-winning artisan provisions, budget friendly bulk goods; a full-service deli with a sunny seating area; plus, a community room where, in time, we will host our Food for Change film screenings.
“Shipping is a terrible thing to do to vegetables. They probably get jet-lagged, just like people.”