The Carrot Initiative is a south Minneapolis-based nonprofit organization that was created to be the catalyst that will bring a full-service grocer to the West Powderhorn community. We are a volunteer-run organization with a Board of Directors consisting of members from Central, Bancroft, Bryant, Kingfield, and Powderhorn Park neighborhoods. Since January, we’ve been meeting to discuss food access, board organization, outreach to neighborhood organizations, build a Facebook page and website, consider potential locations, and to learn more about grocery store/co-op issues. Now we’ve got a couple of updates for the community.
1. First and foremost, we are hosting a community town hall discussion on Saturday, October 20th at 7 p.m. All are invited to come discuss food access and neighborhood issues at this community event. We want to host an open-minded discussion in which we talk about the neighborhood, its needs, and how we can all come together to increase access to healthy foods. We will have some food and drinks and hope it’s a relaxed atmosphere for people to gather, chat, and meet. We are working on securing translation services (Spanish) and child care to help increase the number of people that will be able to participate (volunteers welcome!). The event will be held at 3725 Chicago Ave S, the former Furniture Liquidators building. The event will also provide anyone willing to financially support the Carrot Initiative an opportunity to donate (we currently have a $0 budget and have relied strictly on personal donations). To formally RSVP to the event, visit our Facebook event at http://www.facebook.com/events/462910280405889/.
2. We have applied for a $2,500 grant to provide translation and child care services at future meetings (we hope to have continual town hall discussions). To win the grant we must win an online popular vote contest. We are currently ranked 12th. We would greatly appreciate your votes! Visit http://community1.maker.good.is/projects/carrotinitiative.
3. We have recently began working with the Landon Group, a neighborhood development organization that has worked with other neighborhoods on grocery store/co-op development. The Landon Group will be working with us to conduct a feasibility study. We are also working with Landon on applying for a few other grants to move our work forward.
4. We are always looking for new board members and volunteers. We’ve got limited capacity and can always use more help. Skills we are in need of include: translation, outreach, website design, graphics design, fundraising, and grant writing.