ALTON — Residents can get information on a new grocery store at the “What’s Up Downtown” Info Exchange from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at Jacoby Arts Center, 627 E. Broadway.
The featured speakers will be two participants in the formation of the store: Dr. Jackie Burns, professor at Principia College; and Christine Favilla, vice president and founder of the Community Cultivators.
A Kickstarter campaign will commence in June to raise funds for Grassroots Grocery, 415 Ridge St. The store’s mission is to provide locally grown and produced food and natural products.
The store will be set up as a nonprofit, democratically operated cooperative. The primary aim is to serve residents of the Hunterstown neighborhood, a USDA-designated “food desert,” meaning
limited access to healthy food or transportation to attain it elsewhere. The location will eliminate the 70-mile round-trip drive for residents who travel to West County for similar products at chain stores.
Full details on how to join the co-op will be announced soon, with plans to open the store in July.
The store’s Facebook page is www.facebook.com/GrassrootsGrocery.