Co-Op Grocery Stores Expand Their Mission to Equity and Food Justice

Civil Eats published an article in September 2022 addressing how food justice and racial equity are important pieces of the co-op movement:

Malik Yakini, executive director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, the organization behind the [Detroit People’s] co-op, says the grocery store will address food security, but its mission is bigger than that.

“You can have a Walmart move into a neighborhood and they can provide plenty of food and address food insecurity, but all the profits are extracted from the community,” he explains. “What we’re trying to do is activate the agency within our community so that people see themselves as having the ability to shape not only the food system but also the other systems that have influence over our lives.”

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