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
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
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
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
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
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.
For Good Grocer’s customer-volunteers, healthy food — and a sense of purpose
On one of the busiest streets in south Minneapolis, where immigrants from all over the world have opened up everything from restaurants to car dealerships, there’s a small yellow and beige building whose exterior advertises meat, dairy, fruit and fresh vegetables.
The messages would seem to indicate that The Good Grocer is a typical grocery store — and it is, in all ways but one. Its customers are also its workers, people who volunteer in exchange for a discount on their purchases.