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. We are founding members of the Pittsburgh Food Policy Council, which meets monthly to network, share resources, and strategize food policy issues. We also participate in other community projects, and 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:
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
Saturday, May 2nd, 11 AM – 1 PM: Our Co-op will join in the fun and learning at the STEM Stars Expo! STEM Stars is a collaborative project of the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh’s TechGYRLS program and Carnegie Science Center’s GEMS program, which aims to improve middle-school age girl’s interest and performance in science and math. Our Co-op will be on hand to discuss healthy eating. More information: http://www.carnegiesciencecenter.org/stemcenter/carnegie-stem-girls/
Sunday, May 3rd, 8 AM – 12 PM: Join our Co-op in cheering on the Pittsburgh Marathon runners at our Marathon Tailgate Party! We are partnering with Allegheny Chesapeake Physical Therapy to host a lively gathering of Marathon fans, friends, and neighbors for refreshments and, live entertainment, and lots of encouragement for the runners. If you aren’t running yourself, stop by our parking lot to tailgate!
Friday, May 15th: Our Co-op is excited to participate in this year’s Food Revolution Day at Obama Academy! Food Revolution Pittsburgh is committed to achieving measurable community outcomes through partnerships with schools, agencies, and organizations that make healthy foods accessible and enjoyable. Stop by to learn how our Co-op —and many others —are working to achieve this goal in Pittsburgh! For more information: www.foodrevpgh.com.
Saturday, May 16th, 11 AM – 4 PM: Visit our Co-op at this year’s Venture Outdoors Festival in Point State Park! Venture Outdoors Festival is a celebration of all of the wonderful outdoor activities that our city has to offer. The event will feature many free activities including: a climbing wall, fishing, boating, yoga, biking, and a kid zone. Stop by our Co-op’s table to replenish your energy with some trail mix from our Bulk Department! More information: www.ventureoutdoors.org/festival.
Saturday, May 30th, 12 PM – 8 PM: Our Co-op will be featured in this spring’s Vegan Fest event! Vegan Fest is a celebration of all of the wonderful vegan resources available in our region. Many food vendors, retailers, groups, and organizations, including the Co-op, will distribute information and food samples to guests. Stop by our Co-op’s table to learn what we do to accommodate vegan and vegetarian diets in our store. More information: www.PittsburghBellydance.com