We're pleased to report that we've been working recently with a resourceful and excited group of folks in Columbus who are making great progress in the establishment of their own cooperative grocery, Columbus Cooperative Grocery & Market. This past Saturday the city generously closed down a downtown street to permit them to conduct a membership drive.
It was a beautiful fall day, and many turned our to learn more about the project, to become members, and to enjoy the live music, the work of local craftsmen,the delicious vegetarian paella (complements of Bloomingfoods member Max Lemli, operating the biggest wok I've ever seen), Mexican food, Middle Eastern food, hot coffee from local roaster Eluna Gourmet Coffee, and cool local cider from Apple Works. Here are a few images from a wonderful afternoon. And don't miss a chance to lend to this project your own moral and financial support, as your circumstances and inclinations suggest. It's great to see the co-op business model thriving in our own part of the world.
Middle Way Food Works Market Begins to Supply Bloomingfoods with Fresh Bread
Grand Opening of Food Works Market on February 9, 2011
Food Works, a program of Middle Way House, is best known around town for special events catering. This month, Food Works celebrates the opening of the new Food Works Market at 318 South Washington Street, in the historic Coca-Cola building.
Recognizing the importance of financial independence to women’s safety, Food Works offers employment opportunities, skills training and support to women who have sought the services of Middle Way House, a national model domestic violence shelter and rape crisis center.
From their large commissary kitchen, Food Works offers foods to-go and an ever-expanding lunch menu. Products include richly flavored, made-from-scratch soups and savory, half-moon hand pies with meat or vegetarian fillings. Full family style entrées-to-go are also available by special order. These include lasagna, gluten-free polenta lasagna, pot pies, shepherd’s pie and roasted vegetable strata.
Bloomingfoods is pleased to now offer Food Works’ delicious, gluten-free, olive oil bread. Food Works breads can be picked-up freshly baked from the Food Works Market on Wednesdays, or at all three Bloomingfoods locations. You’ll find Food Works’ savory spiced crackers at the co-op, too, as well as their whole wheat sandwich bread.
“I really look forward to people in the community stopping by our Market,” says Donna Storm, business and operations manager of Food Works. “We have wonderful soups, sandwiches and baked goods. Best of all, the women working in our kitchen are really looking forward to seeing our bread and other products showing up on the shelves at Bloomingfoods. It makes the potential for our growth seem more real.”
“The Food Works whole wheat sandwich loaf is a product we have been baking for Project School for a while,” says Storm. “It is a soft whole wheat sandwich bread that has passed the ‘kid test’. We will be selling rolls and buns, and we have some great gluten free breads, too.”
“It’s been a long time since we’ve retailed a fresh baked, everyday sandwich bread baked in Bloomington,” says Mac McLauchlin, Bloomingfoods grocery merchandiser. “I’m hoping that this great line of local products catches on.”
Food Works will host its grand opening on Wednesday, February 9th from 8am to 3pm. Stop in for breakfast or lunch, and order a box of Linzer heart cookies or chocolate truffles for Valentine’s Day. Special orders can be placed in the Market, or by calling 812-219-9525.
All proceeds benefit Middle Way House. For more information visit: middlewayfoodworks.org You can also keep in touch by way of the Food Works facebook page.
Plant-A-Row is now accepting donations. Share the bounty and benefit more than 80 local organizations that ensure fresh food makes it from the field to a table in need.
Local gardeners, growers, and Farmers’ Market shoppers can donate fresh produce at the Hoosier Hills Food Bank truck parked at the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market (on the corner of North Morton Street and West Eighth Street) from 7am to noon each Saturday, from May through October.
Update on Recent Fundraising Efforts:
During the month of November, Bloomingfoods held their annual fundraising campaign for MHC. Bloomingfoods’ customers generously gave $5,285 – the most ever raised during Share the Harvest! The funds will help provide healthy groceries to thousands of families in need. Thank you so much to all the Bloomingfoods’ customers and staff who made this year a huge success!
Every week, Mother Hubbard's Cupboard helps 2,000 people provide healthy, fresh food for their families. This year, they have already filled more than 98,000 bags of groceries – up 13% from last year. More than 30% of our food has gone to feed children. According to Feeding America, 1 in 5 children in Monroe County are at risk of not having enough to eat. Our efforts help change this staggering statistic.
Did you know? Approximately 18,000 children die a day from hunger and hunger related disease (UNICEF).
Many thanks to the staff and friends of Tree of Life and Bloomingfoods who have completely filled our shifts for this Feed My Starving Children MobilePack event, taking place at Tree of Life on Saturday, August 11, 2012. We will spend a few hours making a difference in the lives of children who desperately need food: our goal is to pack 70,000 meals!
Hailey Butchart, a cashier at our East location, is heading up the Bikes for Hope fundraiser March 21 and 22, 2013 at our East and West stores. Come on by and lend some support to the volunteers!
Bike for Hope is an upcoming fundraiser to raise money and awareness for New Hope Family Shelter, a local homeless shelter working to serve families in Monroe County. On March 23rd, we will have stations set up at Bloomingfoods East, Bloomingfoods West, and Upland Brewery with a stationary bike and a table of information about New Hope.