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Students to Open First Food Co-Op in Berkeley in Two Decades

The new logo
The new logo

Is it not kind of crazy that Berkeley doesn’t have a Rainbow Grocery equivalent? Well, the Berkeley Student Food Collective, an on-campus, seven-day-a-week food store, is opening later this month, and hopes to fill that void. As Berkeleyside reports, the collective is a replacement of sorts to the Consumer’s Cooperative of Berkeley, the longtime politically correct grocer in town which opened during the Depression and finally closed in 1988. The new Berkeley Student Food Collective will be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, selling local produce, as well as organic, grab-and-go prepared foods like sandwiches and soups, dry goods, and healthcare products.

As program director Brighid O’Keane says, they also hope to be “a central meeting place for all the student organizations that focus on food to come together to discuss food issues.” Berkeley professor Michael Pollan, obviously, is in full support.

Berkeley Student Food Collective [Berkeleyside]

Students to Open First Food Co-Op in Berkeley in Two Decades