Little Africa Food Cooperative was established in the summer of 2016 surrounding the murder of an unarmed black man, Philando Castile, a father assassinated by the Minnesota Police Department. The community in despair from the continual systemic injustices targeted toward our families created the outcry for us to do something. Our founder Telia Badu summoned the community to action. That something was to open and build an independent grocery store for the community. The community responded to the call with our first fundraiser that took place outside of Faith Community Credit Union raising $1500 in one day and Little Africa Food Coop was born.
The planned store will include a variety of departments such as dry grocery, meat, produce, frozen food, dairy, a bakery, a deli, a grab & go section, and a café-style seating area. The store will actively seek out relationships with local farmers and producers in order to highlight a broad selection of natural, organic and locally-produced food and products. In addition, the store will have a strong supplements/health and beauty aids section featuring a customer service counter, a small reference library, and a selection of non-food household supplies, pet care, and general merchandise. The store may include a community room that will be available to the general public and will serve as a space for the co-op to offer classes in cooking and nutrition to its member-owners and customers.
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