| Dear Cooperators,
During the past several months Rebecca and I have been working behind the scenes to facilitate screenings of Food For Change at 32 co-ops in 17 states. Tomorrow I'm heading to the Florida Panhandle, Pensacola and Tallahassee then to the Pacific Northwest— Seattle, Port Townsend, Everett, and Bellingham— to present the film and talk about the current growth of food co-ops in the historical context of the cooperative movement in the U.S.
Now Is The Time for a National
Cooperative Education Campaign
The goal is to provide Education and Training for co-op members, elected representatives, managers, and
employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperatives. We also want to reach the general public, particularly young people and opinion leaders, with an understanding of the nature and benefits of cooperatives. We will need your help to do this!
Cooperation Among Cooperatives
Achieving this goal will require Cooperation among Cooperatives with us serving as facilitators and a support system to connect with local, national, and regional structures. Please read the Outreach & Distribution Plan to understand how we can expand the impact of cooperatives through education.
Concern For Community
I made Food For Change
because I believe co-ops are a time-tested model that brings vitality to local communities while thwarting the power of monopoly-capitalism. Now is the time to bring our Cooperative Principles into the national conversation!
Your Help Is Needed
In addition to logistical support, we need financial support. Here's a list of our immediate needs:
• Edit new trailer ........................................................... $2,800
• Make booklet on how to organize a successful screening .......... 500
• Purchase targeted college & universities mailing lists ............. 2,400
• Write a study guide to accompany the film .......................... 1,000
• Produce 50-minute version for high schools .......................... 2,800
• Provide 30 DVDs at lower cost to small and start-up co-ops ........ 10,500
Total .................................................................. 20,000
Please see Outreach & Distribution Plan
for the complete budget.
To the Cabot Creamery Cooperative
for their $2,000 contribution to the Outreach & Distribution Plan
and to the following other co-ops who contributed:
Durango Natural Foods, Durango, CO ($500)
Ever’man Cooperative Grocery & Café, Pensacola, FL ($1,750)
New Leaf Market, Tallahassee, FL ($950)
Dill Pickle Food Co-op, Chicago, IL ($500)
Gardiner Food Co-op, Gardiner, ME ($150)
Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, Detroit, MI ($500)
Ypsilanti Food Co-op, Ypsilanti, MI ($250)
Garden City Food Co-op, St. Catharines, ON, Canada ($500)
Astoria Co-op Grocery, Astoria, OR ($150)
Friendly City Food Cooperative, Harrisonburg, VA ($500)
Granite City Grocery, Barre, VT ($250)
Rutland Area Food Co-op, Rutland, VT ($400)
Community Co-op, Bellingham, WA ($750)
Central Co-op, Seattle, WA ($1,600)
Wild Root Market, Racine, WI ($150)
"This is great support. I am so busy that having the resources you’re providing is a godsend!” - Abbey Palmer, Marquette Food Co-op
"We hosted a very successful screening to about 150 people in our community, and were able to sign up 16 members on that day. People reported that they enjoyed the framing of the co-op movement within a historical context." – Malik Yakini, Detroit Black Community Food Network
"Food for Change does a remarkable job peeling back the layers of co-ops in the United States since the 1930s. It is a movie that shows how current global issues can be tackled locally using the time-tested principles of cooperation." - Alan Reetz, Communications Director, Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society
"Wow! I just finished the movie and I must say, that was incredible! I've been working on our start-up for the last 2 1/2 years and this is incredibly encouraging! This film is truly one of the most inspiring films I have seen. My heartfelt congratulations to you and your crew for a wonderful film."
If you've read this far you're entitled to a little gift. So here are the opening scenes of Food For Change. Enjoy & Spread the Word!
Click the image to watch opening
- Benjamin Cutler, Vice President, Montavilla Food Co-op
Steve Alves, Producer & Director of Food For Change
Rebecca Rideout, Director of Outreach