by Brendan Crain, Ariel Diamond and Arline Welty
photos by Ariel Diamond and Brendan Crain
You like your neighborhood. You want to see the local independent businesses that make your neighborhood unique stay and thrive. You want to be able to buy a good banana at 6 am and 6 pm any day of the week. You want to be sure that people of all incomes and ages can live and eat well in your neighborhood. Then you probably want a healthy corner store culture in your neighborhood. But how? (Especially if you're busy or perhaps lazy -- we're in that not so secret society.)Neighbors Project
has drawn on the experience of the Food & Liquor project
in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago, and similar efforts around the country, to provide you with a range of options for tuning your corner stores into a thriving community asset for everyone in your neighborhood as a series of two Instructables. This one is ... Level 1: How to Hold a Corner Store Cooking Class
.Coordinate a Corner Store Cooking Class to teach your neighbors (and yourself) how to make healthy, home-cooked meals using ingredients that can be purchased from local, independently-owned shops.
To do this Instructable, you will need:
- At least one corner stores (aka liquor store, bodega, convenience store, fruit market or meat market)
- Some expertise on cooking, or access to people who can provide it
- Paper for flyers and hand outs
- A neighborhoodNote
The people behind the Food & Liquor project are just some of the many people and organizations around the country who have worked on increasing food access in their neighborhoods. Check out the list of groups and resources at the bottom of this page
for even more resources and advice.