Almost all of San Francisco’s fresh produce passes through Bayview Hunters Point before eventual distribution to grocery stores, restaurants, and other vendors across the city. But the closure of multiple neighborhood-serving grocery stores in recent years limits Bayview residents’ access to healthy food.
Bayview Hunters Point Community Advocates plans to create a community-owned cooperative grocery store in our neighborhood. We’re building on a legacy of collective organizing, ranging from housewives’ markets and buyers’ clubs to formal co-ops formed in the late 1930s and the late 1960s.
Our larger goal is to build a sustainable food network by redistributing power in the regional food chain:
- Supply: We aim to build infrastructure and buying power with distributors in order to directly support Black/Brown farmers and local workers.
- Demand: We aim to build markets for farm-to-table quality produce in underserved communities, and break down psychological barriers that reinforce an unhealthy extractive economy.
In addition to providing affordable, healthy food, our community co-op grocery will also deliver important services in health/wellness education and workforce development for Bayview Hunters Point.