Northside tackles food desert with new co-op

When Northside's Save-a-Lot closed, people in the neighborhood had a tough time finding fresh produce, meat, and dairy. After unsuccessfully trying to recruit other major grocery chains, residents got together and came up with an idea of their own. They came up with Apple Street Market, both a worker and community-owned grocery cooperative, which will offer shares to people on a sliding scale.

The Cincinnati Union Cooperative Initiative (CUCI), which has assisted similar co-ops, has been actively incubating Apple Street since the fall of 2013, and hopes to recruit 2,000 community owners before opening. So far, with the help of area organizations, they have 1,243 residents signed up.

To read more about the Apple Street Market, visit Nonprofit Quarterly.

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