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Meet The Central Brooklyn Food Coop.

A Community Owned Grocery Store Opening in 2020. This is What Food Sovereignty Looks Like.

Meet The Central Brooklyn Food Coop.

A Community Owned Grocery Store Opening in 2020. This is What Food Sovereignty Looks Like.

$40,284
pledged of $25,000pledged of $25,000 goal
643
backers
7days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, November 23 2019 4:59 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Central Brooklyn Food Coop (CBFC) is one of the only urban Black-led food cooperatives in the nation – and the only one in New York City. After six years of surveying and planning, we are ready to take root and open our doors in Summer 2020. Help us take the critical step of raising funds for our inaugural down payment so we can secure our home.

*** OCTOBER 22nd CAMPAIGN UPDATE***

We hit our $25k goal! Thank you for the support and momentum - let's keep going!

Every dollar raised in this campaign will be transformative. We now have an incredible opportunity to unlock stretch goals that will make a huge difference for our launch team and for our coop. Whether you joined us at $0 or at $37,352, backing the campaign means so much. Thank you for being here - and for spreading the word!

Power On Your Plate: Food Sovereignty In Central Brooklyn 

Food is power. It can gather us, nurture us, fuel us; it's a celebration of culture, an act of care, a chance to connect. It's presence - or absence - has a massive impact on our humanity.

For the last several decades, food in Central Brooklyn became an experience of absence; as supermarkets left for the suburbs, access to quality food became so scarce that our neighborhood was deemed a "food desert."   

Stat Source: NYC Health 2018 BedStuy Community Health Profile

Fast forward to today and Central Brooklyn is experiencing rapid gentrification; high-priced storefronts and corporate chains are making their way back into the neighborhood - but for who?

CBFC is here to center the long-term residents and communities of BedStuy/Crown Heights and collectively improve local food options. Our commitment to Food Sovereignty affirms and reclaims the power of food by providing access that is affordable, fresh, welcoming, and community-owned.

CBFC: Community To The Core

Membership meetings, local grower tours, grub parties to connect on food and activism, community data shareouts, tabling at local events, and more. Just a few of the ways CBFC has been building community over the past six years.

 We are here to sow the seeds of our own solution and build the food-driven future we want for Central Brooklyn. Here's what CBFC is all about:

  • This is a member owned-and-operated cooperative. Members work and shop here, keeping prices affordable and strengthening ties among neighbors
  • This will be a center for affordable groceries, food education, and advocacy 
  • We prioritize relationships with local, Black and Brown growers and food suppliers
  • We are proud to amplify and uplift Black leadership in our organization
  • We are dedicated to ensuring that households of low-to-moderate income and communities of color are highly represented in our membership
  • The coop is open to all for membership

For the past six years, a dedicated team of CBFC members has been listening to the community, surveying food access in the neighborhood, establishing relationships with local growers and food suppliers, and building a blueprint for how CBFC can help the community thrive. 

Ultimately, we want CBFC to be a place for the  community to gather, learn, and organize together.  

Photo Credit: Walter Hergt

Why We're Asking For Your Help

We've been working on this coop for six years. SIX YEARS!

That's to say - we've done a lot of the legwork. Now it's time to take the final step and invest in our physical home. Through this campaign, you will help us secure that home by covering our inaugural down payment. Our goal of $25,000 ensures that we can lease a space with realistic expectations of the neighborhood's market rate.

By taking this big chunk of change off our plate, you're not just supporting a much needed expense, you're also alleviating a major mental load: covering rent can be stressful, especially in the changing real estate market of Central Brooklyn. By enabling us to move quickly if the right storefront opportunity arises, you're helping us remove a major stressor so we can focus on other critical elements of coop like member outreach, program development, growing our local farmer network, and more.

Help us build a culture of healthy, sustainable food, and make Food Sovereignty in Central Brooklyn a reality 

Who We Are: The People Behind CBFC

Our faces are all over this campaign: from food access bike tours to tabling at local events to surveying local streets for ideal storefront locations, CBFC has been built by its members and supporters... and that includes this Kickstarter!

You met a handful of us in the video, but we wanted to give a quick shoutout to all our teammates who worked tirelessly for the past eight months to help make this all happen: Bianca, Lindsay, Taisy, Chris, Talia, Murray, Raina, Gabrielle, Ashleigh, Alexis, Ms. Cheryl, Mark, Rae, Ina, Alex, Joe, D, Karen, Steph, Farmer Yon, Courtney, Ena -- thank you for your time, your energy, and for showing us the power of community.

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 Let's Do This. 

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Risks and challenges

We're proud to have already invested six years of planning into the launch of CBFC, mitigating a lot of the risk associated with early stage development. That said, building out a physical space always comes with the risk of delay: permits, contractors, coordinating the supply chain of perishables -- these are all variables that could impact timelines. We are committed to opening in 2020 and will stay in close communication with the community about our progress.

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    Digital Thank You + Recipe

    Every pledge makes a difference, thank you for your support.

    Receive a digital Thank You along with a special seasonal recipe developed by the CBFC Community.

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    CBFC Screen Printed Tote

    Fill up this reusable bag with your groceries and show the world your support for the Central Brooklyn Food Coop!
    Featuring the CBFC logo, each tote is lovingly screenprinted by hand. 100% cotton and measures 15"W x 16"H in size with a 21" Handle Drop.

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    Tote + Spoon + Recipe Card

    Start cooking! This level features our screenprinted totebag, a recipe card with a favorite seasonal dish from the CBFC team, AND a wooden spoon branded with the CBFC logo.

    Intended to celebrate the heritage and legacy food can cultivate, maybe you can pass that well-loved spoon down one day to a friend or family member of your own...

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    The CBFC Complete Set

    Stock your kitchen with Central Brooklyn pride with this reward level. Receive a screenprinted tote, wooden spoon, [4] recipes (one for each season) developed by the CBFC community, and a bamboo cheese board measuring 7.9" x 5.5" x 0.4" – all featuring the CBFC logo.

    (And yes, you should definitely put the board out for snacks at parties and use it as a conversation starter on Food Sovereignty)

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    CBFC x Brooklyn Packers VEG PICKUP

    LIMITED EDITION - ONLY [20] AVAILABLE!

    Thanks to our friends over at Brooklyn Packers, who run Brooklyn Supported Agriculture, we are able to offer this very special reward: receive a recipe card, CBFC spoon, and CBFC Tote Bag.... and in this reward that tote is PACKED FULL OF VEGGIES!!!

    That's right -- this spring, you'll meet us for an in-person pickup and experience Brooklyn Supported Agriculture firsthand. Enjoy a bag full of fresh seasonal produce and you can learn more about the farmers and local growers who made your bounty come to life.

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    CBFC Champion

    Thank you for helping us make such a big dent in our goal, so quickly! This reward level gets you everything from the CBFC Complete Kit (Tote, Spoon, Recipes) as well as a VIP invitation to our CBFC Spring Party, a 2020 community celebration for the upcoming opening of our doors. (airfare/travel not included)

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    A Meal To Remember

    Food is in full force in our largest reward level of this campaign.

    Receive the tote, recipes, spoon, cheese board, VIP invitation to our Spring Party, AND a very special meal located here in Central Brooklyn: we'll work with you to schedule an evening in Spring 2020 where you'll experience a multi-course seasonal dinner produced by local chef-partners of CBFC. Enjoy lively conversation and experience a deeper history of organizing and activism in Central Brooklyn with your dinner companions, the founding board of CBFC. (airfare/travel not included)

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