Reception to Learn More About the Portland Food Co-op and Screening of The Film Food For Change
The Portland Food Co-op is planning to open a retail store in the Fall of 2014 at 290 Congress St. Come and learn more and find out how you can become a member-owner to help open the doors. Light snacks provided by another cooperatively-owned business, Local Sprouts, will be served from 6-7pm with a cash bar provided by SPACE Gallery. A screening of the film Food for Change, a documentary about co-ops, will follow at 7 pm.
Food For Change is a feature-length documentary film focusing on food co-ops as a force for dynamic social and economic change in American culture. The movie tells the story of the cooperative movement in the U.S. through interviews, rare archival footage, and commentary by the filmmaker and social historians. This is the first film to examine the important historical role played by food co-ops, their pioneering quest for organic foods, and their current efforts to create regional food systems. Additionally, the film shows how the co-op movement strengthens communities where they are located, enhancing local economies and food security. The goal is to educate a wide national audience about the principles of cooperation with a focus on food.