Great River Co-Op screening “Food For Change”

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Left to Right: Steve Fortier, Board President Kim Mastrianni, Tedd Benson, Christine Benson, Co-op Volunteer Gretchen Markiewicz, Board Member Bruce Bickford, Board Member Ali Trow, Volunteer Judy Trow, and Sean Fortier. Photo provided.

BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – The Great River Co-op, a startup cooperative grocery store coming to Walpole, will screen “Food For Change” on Wednesday, April 18 at 6 p.m. during its 2018 Annual Meeting. The event will take place at the Bellows Falls Opera House with regular concessions. Tickets will be by donation.

“Food for Change” tells the story of the cooperative movement in the United States in a way that is both entertaining and informative. It includes interviews with co-op workers, rare archival footage, and narration by the film’s director, Steve Alves. Alves will be available at the meeting for a question and answer period around the film.

Next steps for the Great River Co-op include hiring a project manager and continuing to grow the membership. The current member/owner count is 768, and growing every month.

Co-operatives are businesses that are owned and governed by their members, the people who use the products and services they provide. From food co-ops to farmer co-ops, worker co-ops to credit unions, and housing co-ops to energy co-ops, co-operatives make a difference in people’s lives every day. Co-ops are also more common than you might think. Here in the United States, 1 in 3 people are members of at least one co-op or credit union. Nationwide, co-operatives create 2.1 million jobs and generate more than $650 billion in sales and other revenue annually.

For more examples of how food co-ops empower people to build their communities, please visit

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