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Unique Lake St. grocer runs on people power

Unique Lake St. grocer runs on people power

Customers are helping run a new grocery store in Minneapolis, which is testing whether people power can make quality food more accessible to lower-income residents.

Stand in the Place Where You Live

Stand in the Place Where You Live

Good Grocer is open on Lake Street in an area of town short on fresh food. This project sounds so cool, the store is founded on the mission of helping people who want to eat fresher, better food, but can’t always afford it.

Everyone is welcome at Good Grocer, a new kind of food marketplace

Everyone is welcome at Good Grocer, a new kind of food marketplace

The small chartreuse and white building on the corner of East Lake Street and Stevens Avenue might be easy to miss, but what goes on inside might well become a model for solving the problem of fresh produce and healthier foods in lower income neighborhoods.

Grocer's Fresh Idea Lowers Prices For Low-Income Residents Who Volunteer

Grocer's Fresh Idea Lowers Prices For Low-Income Residents Who Volunteer

This grocery store has a business model you just can’t beet.

Good Grocer, a new food market in Minneapolis, is putting a fresh spin on the traditional co-op model to help low-income residents, Twin Cities Daily Planet reported. By offering reduced prices in exchange for volunteer work, the store hopes to make quality, healthy food more widely accessible.

Co-op Meets Food Desert: Cash-Strapped Volunteers Get a Discount on Groceries

Co-op Meets Food Desert: Cash-Strapped Volunteers Get a Discount on Groceries

Members of Good Grocer in Minneapolis swap bagging and stocking duties for a break on the bill.

Skip the boxes of processed macaroni and cheese and fill your shopping cart with fruits and vegetables—it’s commonsense advice for folks who want to get (or stay) healthy. But for unemployed or minimum-wage workers struggling to cough up enough cash for rent or day care costs, the sticker shock over the price of a pint of blackberries or a pound of grapes usually makes the cheap meal-in-a-box much more appealing.

Grocery Store Helps Low-Income Shoppers Afford Food With Volunteer Program

Grocery Store Helps Low-Income Shoppers Afford Food With Volunteer Program

If you’re a low-income resident in Minneapolis, having fresh and affordable food doesn’t have to be one of your worries.

That’s because a grocery store called Good Grocer uses volunteers to run the business, but with a feel-good twist: In exchange for 2.5 hours of helping out, they’ll receive 25 percent off the price of their groceries. The volunteer program began when the supermarket opened this June, founded by former pastor Kurt Vickman.

Grocery store hopes to eliminate food desert in south Minneapolis

Grocery store hopes to eliminate food desert in south Minneapolis

Good Grocer started as a church food shelf three years ago has morphed into what looks like an upscale supermarket. The only difference is there are two prices on each price tag; one for walk in customers and one for the volunteers who work at the store a couple of hours a month in exchange for a 25 percent discount.

Grocery store giving discounts for time

Grocery store giving discounts for time

In south Minneapolis, just off Lake Street and Stevens Avenue, Kurt Vickman, the owner of the Good Grocer hopes his concept is where diversity and deal will come together.

“For me, there was this part of me that wanted to be about doing the good instead of just speaking the good,” Vickman said.

Kurt Vickman interview

Kurt Vickman interview

When Kurt Vickman sees that an existing model is no longer connecting with people, he gets to work imagining a new paradigm. That has been the impetus behind all of Kurt’s innovative leadership…

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