Dorchester Community Food Co-op

Building a Healthy, Sustainable & Economically Viable Community

Food Coop April Update

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We had a great turnout at our April 1 Pot Luck Dinner and Membership Kickoff at the First Parish Church on Meetinghouse Hill. More than 75 people attended and engaged in lively discussion over dinner about what they would like the co-op to do for their families and for the community. After dinner, students from the Boston Architectural College presented their sketches for what the food co-op could look like in a sample Dorchester neighborhood. At the end of the evening, more than 20 households joined the co-op, and many signed up for volunteer opportunities. See great photos of the event on our Facebook Page

We are now entering into our full fledged Membership Drive. Signing up members now is critical for the future success of the Co-op. We need to show potential funders and lenders the strength of community interest and commitment to the project. Click here to download a copy of the Food Coop Membership Brochure and Member Application. Contact us to get printed copies of the brochure to share with friends and neighbors. Every household is eligible to buy one equity share, and the $100 payment can be made in full or in installments over time. Our goal is to sign up 100 members by June 1. We are 25% of the way there–help us reach our goal and send in your membership application with a check to PO Box 240231, Dorchester, MA 02124.  Questions about membership–don’t hesitate to call.

We just received a grant from the Boston Public Health Commission to run a pilot Community Supported Cafe next summer in the Meetinghouse Hill / Bowdoin St. neighborhood. The “cafe” will be a series of Friday evening affordable healthy meals with cooking “shows” featuring members of our community demonstrating their culinary talents and highlighting the cultural food of Dorchester. There will also be light entertainment for adults and children. More to come on this as the plans progress!

Food Coop Volunteer Opportunities:
Graphic designer/Web designer
Event planner
Winter Farmers’ Market team (for planning next year’s market)
Community Supported Cafe team: to help plan this summer’s cafe
Store Site planning and design
Neighborhood Committees: to help with organizing in your part of Dorchester
Save the Date: On June 3, the Dorchester Community Food Coop will make its second appearance in the Dorchester Day Parade. Many of you heard about us for the first time when we marched in the parade last year. Join us this year–we want to have at least 50 people marching–all holding signs saying “We are the Dorchester Community Food Coop!” Strollers, bikes, roller skates welcome. We will have vegetable costumes again, and we will have a vehicle for those who cannot walk or may want to walk only part way. Let’s make a big impact this year and reflect the diversity of our community. Help needed making signs and a banner for the parade. (anyone with a good sewing machine?)
To help on any of the above volunteer opportunities, send us an email and we will plug you in.


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