Community Outreach Projects and Events
The East End Food Co-op’s mission for healthy people and a healthy environment reaches beyond the walls of our retail storefront. Through partnerships with community projects, in-store initiatives, and events, the Co-op creates meaningful connections with our neighbors, producers, and shoppers. We sponsor, table, and present at various community events throughout the year which are in alignment with our Ends Policy Statement. If you are an organizer and want the Co-op to participate in your event, contact our Outreach & Education Coordinator.
Look for your Co-op at these upcoming events in the community:
Monday, March 30th, 11 AM – 3 PM: Our Co-op will help celebrate the University of Pittsburgh’s Real Food Challenge Kick-off hosted by Pitt’s Fair Food Cooperative. The Real Food Challenge calls on students and food service providers to demand food that is certified Fair Trade, Humanely Raised, Organic, and/or local. Our Co-op shares a commitment to each of these concerns and invites students to stop by our table in the William Pitt Union ballroom to talk about what we are doing to address these issues and more!
Wednesday, April 1st, 4PM – 6:30 PM: Our Co-op is excited to participate in the University of Pittsburgh’s Enactus organization’s Fair Trade Fair! We will join other local businesses and organizations that are similarly committed to supporting Fair Trade polices including: 10,000 Villages, Delanie’s Coffee, Global Ties, and many others in the William Pitt Union. Stop by to learn what our Co-op does to promote Fair Trade as we work toward a more ethical food system. For more information: enactuspitt.wordpress.com
Wednesday, April 22nd, 11 AM – 7 PM: Our Co-op is excited to be featured among the local organic farmers and vendors in Pittsburgh’s first-ever Earth Day Pop-Up Organic Market and Food Truck Festival in Mellon Square Park! Stop by for lunch or come down in the evening for a free concert featuring Pittsburgh’s own Chris Jameson. Our Co-op will be there all day; stop by our booth to learn what we do to promote environmental sustainability! For more information: PittsburghEarthDay.org.
Saturday, April 25th, 8 AM – 12 PM: We are excited to join Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Allegheny County for their seventh annual Superhero Run! Dress as your favorite superhero and walk or run the 5K or 1K racecourse in North Park to raise funds and awareness to help prevent child abuse and aid abuse victims. Our Co-op will provide fruit for runners and will be on-hand to cheer you on! For more information and race registration: pgh-casa.org
Pittsburgh Food Policy Council meets monthly to network, share resources and strategize food policy issues. The Co-op attends these and participates in distribution of information. Discussion Course: Your Co-op coordinated much of the material and publishing of this reader. Food donations, facilitation and venue hosting have been some modes of our contribution to the Cooperative principles. Pittsburgh’s Food Is Elementary We donate ingredients and for third party Certified Food Educators to provide hands-on cooking demonstrations in elementary schools within our community. Stay tuned for more events!