Community Outreach Projects and Events
The East End Food Co-op is an integral part of the Greater Pittsburgh community. Our mission for healthy people and a healthy environment reaches beyond the walls of our retail storefront. Our Outreach Plan addresses the need for public communication towards these ends, within our community. Through partnerships with community projects, in-store initiatives and events, the East End Food Co-op’s Outreach Plan 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 event promoter and want the Co-op to participate in your event, you can make a request by filling out the Event Request Form or contacting the Outreach Coordinator with any questions.
Look for your Co-op at these upcoming events in the community:
Saturday, March 7th, 10:30 AM – 6:00 PM: We are partnering with Women for a Healthy Environment and Chatham’s Falk School of Sustainability to host a screening of this year’s TEDx Manhattan broadcast in Chatham’s Beckwith Auditorium located in Buhl Hall. This year’s event will feature seventeen speakers who will discuss hunger, food culture, sustainability, food justice, and many other topics that align with our work and the interests of our members. Lunch will be provided during the mid-day break and the broadcast will be followed by a panel discussion featuring our Co-op. For more information: tedxmanhattan.org
Friday, March 27th, 1 PM: Our Co-op is participating in a 24-hour Deli event hosted by the University of Pittsburgh’s FeelGood chapter. FeelGood is a national organization empowering students to take action against global poverty and hunger by selling grilled cheese to raise awareness and funds for a select group of organizations committed to sustainable global development. Stop by Pitt’s Student Union for a delicious sandwich and information about how we can end hunger and poverty. For more information: feelgood.org.
Saturday, March 28th, 10 AM – 5 PM: Our Co-op is excited to join the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture at their table for this year’s Farm to Table Conference hosted by the American HealthCare Group in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The conference celebrates our region’s local food system, emphasizing health and sustainability. We look forward to getting the word out about what our Co-op does to promote an ethical and resilient local food infrastructure! For more information and registration: farmtotablepa.com.
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.
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!