Group looks to form local grocery co-op – WFMZ-TV (Pennsylvania)

About 50 Bethlehem residents jammed a basement room Wednesday night in the Bethlehem Area Public Library to discuss how to combine the convenience of regular grocery store shopping...

About 50 Bethlehem residents jammed a basement room Wednesday night in the Bethlehem Area Public Library to discuss how to combine the convenience of regular grocery store shopping with healthy, fresh, mostly locally grown food.

Or in other words, what they consider having the best of both worlds.

It wouldn’t be a stretch to say the initial Bethlehem Grocery Co-Op Community Visionary Meeting and Potluck meeting had the feeling of an outdoor music festival, as residents learned about how the vision and implementation that would be required to successfully have a grocery co-op.

“There is a lack of basic organic shopping downtown,” said Center City resident Jaime Karpovich, one of the organizers of the meeting. “You have a couple of very small stores that may not necessarily carry the ingredients you need or you are trekking to Wegman’s or to Giant.”

Many in the crowd replied like a congregation at a Sunday morning church service in response. “Yes.”

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