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Project Sunshine Shines a Ray of Light in Food-Depressed NE Park Hill

While things are at a seeming standstill on the national stage, things are always happening at the local level. For every partisan temper-tantrum and episode of political posturing in D.C., there is example after example of groups coming together in neighborhoods to do good. At the end of the day, that’s where change will come from.

Grassroots. Organic.

Case in point is Project Sunshine, a worker collaborative grocery store proposed for 35th & Albion St., just south of the Park Hill Golf Course. A collaboration between The Garden Restaurant, the Denver COAction Network, and the North Denver Islamic Center, the co-op hopes to provide local, organic and wholesome foods with plenty of opportunities for neighbors to catch-up and hang out.

“Our goal is to create a worker-owned grocery store (worker’s cooperative) and are looking for folks in the community who want to be a part of the planning and help getting the project off the ground, with the potential to be a worker-owner,” says Aleece Raw, owner of The Garden Restaurant. “We also plan on providing either a food-buying club or member co-op, but are looking for other owners to get involved before making a lot of those decisions.”

A cooperative is an enterprise that is owned and controlled by the people who use it, a.k.a. its members. The idea is to bring together people in the community to make this happen and provide access to healthy food shopping where none is currently available.

There is a lot of hard work that needs to go into this to bring it to fruition, and monthly meetings are now happening at The Garden Restaurant. The next one is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 14.

Join the meetings. Support the cause. Change only happens when the people demand it and work hard to make it happen!

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