Watering the Food Desert



For years, Columbus’ east side has been a relative “food desert,” a low-income part of town where access to supermarkets and fresh produce is limited. But Saturday marks the opening of the Near East Side Cooperative Market, a member-owned grocery in Olde Town East. This hour, we’ll discuss the market model, its goals and economic viability.


  • Jessica Roach, Director of the Near East Side Cooperative Market
  • Noreen Warnock, Director of Community Outreach and Local Matters Co-Founder
  • Sean Thomas, Executive Director, Old North St. Louis Restoration Group
  • Barb Seckler, Director of Institute for Active Living


Saturday, Aug 10, 10am-7pm: Grand Opening of the Near East Side Cooperative Market 

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