Central New York

South Side Community is Revamping the Food Cooperative

The Sankofa Cafe Food Cooperative, One of many Food Back Wholesale Locations (c) 2018 Danielle Bulluck

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By Danielle Bulluck SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — It was seven months ago when the Food Cooperative closed its doors on South Salina Street in Syracuse.

But the Eat to Live Food Cooperative is back in business under a new name –– The Sankofa Cafe Food Cooperative. Lauren Malloy, Board Vice President of The Cooperative, says the new space will have everything from healthy foods to community engagement opportunities.

“We want to offer healthy access, we also want to offer a coffee shop, and we also want to offer things for the community like community space,” Malloy said.

The Cooperative is planning to open a coffee shop before the end of the summer.  It will be open Mondays through Saturdays from 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

Malloy says the Cooperative is focused on community engagement with different events, like pop-up shops, a fish fry and a new program called ‘Food Sense’, a monthly food buying program for anyone who wants to stretch their grocery dollars.

The Cafe has joined with the Food Bank of Central New York to provide the food for the program. Residents can come into the co-op and buy a box of food for $20.50.

The boxes can include anything like chicken thighs, a pound of beef, a pound of fish, ground turkey, fresh produce, fruit and more.

The cooperative made it possible to add other items to the boxes for an additional price affordable to the community. The choices of food will change each month.

Malloy says the co-op still offers memberships to the community but now it is more affordable. Community individual memberships are $75 per person and family memberships are $40 for the entire year. The memberships give community access to some of the workshops held in the cafe and cafe items are discounted.

Food sense, healthy eating, and affordable memberships are just the beginning to the revamping process. The cafe will continue some old traditions like its Fish Fry this Friday from 4-8 p.m.