What started as a food co-op years ago has evolved into a wellness program addressing many aspects of healthy living. Members have access to groceries and fresh produce. They also have access to education and enrichment opportunities to support their overall well-being including cooking demos and group therapy sessions.
Co-op members also gather for fellowship opportunities such as a cook-offs, neighborhood walks, journaling classes, and trips to a local farm. Even during the pandemic members have continued to meet, now virtually, to participate in mindfulness sessions and attend yoga classes.
The greatest outcome of the wellness cooperative is the lasting friendships that have been formed around shared experiences. Many Co-op members have formed deep connections with their neighbors which has expanded the groups’ benefits well beyond the formalized meetings and activities.