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:
Friday, September 26th: Your Co-op is excited to participate in this year’s Future Cities Competition at the Carnegie Science Center! Middle school students from all over Pittsburgh will be challenged to conceptualize, design, and build model cities in this project-based learning competition. Planning a sustainable local food system for these hypothetical cities is the focus of the 2014 event. The Co-op will offer mentorship to students regarding urban agriculture and resource allocation as they design the metropolises of tomorrow. More information about Pittsburgh’s Feeding Future Cities competition: www.futurecity.org/pennsylvania-pittsburgh.
Saturday, September 27th, 10 AM – 3 PM: Your Co-op is a proud sponsor of the second annual Wilkinsburg House and Garden Tour. The tour features many beautiful homes, churches, and gardens in Wilkinsburg and hosts a variety of vendors. Visit us at our table on South Trenton Avenue and spin the prize wheel! For ticket sales and additional information: www.wilkinsburgcdc.org/news-and-events/house-tour.
Sunday, October 5th, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM: The East End Food Co-op is happy to support the second annual GASP Clean Air Dash on the Southside’s Three Rivers Heritage Trail. Offering both a 5k run and a fun run/walk, this event is perfect for athletes of all ages and abilities! Stop by your Co-op’s table to refuel with samples and information about membership. To register as an individual or team: www.gasp-pgh.org/projects/au/clean-air-dash-5k-october-5-2014.
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 Eductors to provide hands-on cooking demonstrations in elementary schools within our community. Stay tuned for more events!