The 15th Annual Empty Bowls was held at Central Middle on January 26. Hundreds of people from the community attended to help raise money for local food banks. Entertainment was provided by Rhythm Conspiracy and Tim Grimm & Jan Lucas Grimm.
The Columbus Food Co-op was just one of the many organizations that worked on making this event another successful one. United Way, Pride Alliance Columbus, and C4 Culinary Arts.
Thanks to everyone who prepared food, volunteered, and attended!
Updates on the search for the Co-op site, cooking classes, events around town, & more!
Co-op Site: Your Co-op board is waiting to hear back from the Redevelopment Commission for their plans on the REMC site on 2ndStreet. Members of the board, along with our architect, toured the building a couple weeks ago to see if it was a viable site for the Co-op. Another downtown location that the board has always considered is the old Wonder Bread building on Washington Street, which has been used by Hostess in recent years. Last Friday, members of the board met with a family representative for the building to discuss future plans and re-introduce the co-op as a possible consideration. We will keep you posted as information becomes available on any of the downtown locations we have been pursuing.
On Saturday, October 20, Jackson Street was hopping with delicious food, local vendors, and unique performances! The weather cooperated and it turned out to be a beautiful afternoon for the community to come together. Thanks to all who participated and attended!
240Sweet, A Thyme for All Seasonings, Diesel Dollz, Eluna Coffeehouse, Erickson BBQ, Flatrock Flatbread, Free to Be Naturalee, Granny Connection, Harper Valley Farms, Jenny's Fleece Blankets, Lemley's Catering, Nading Farm, Origami group, Rhythm Conspiracy, Taulman Chiropractic, Windsong Fibers Farm, and Kelsey Tindell for collecting items for the Humane Society
Harper Valley Farm had delicous herb popsicles and gorgeous cauliflower! And check out those gourds!
Kids had fun making paper cranes!
The fair ended with a return of the "Thriller" dancers! Great job, Zombies!
"Fannie's Pasta: Cooking with Kids" was such a fun class! Thanks to all the kids and adults who attended. We made a delicious meal and new friends along the way. We'll post the recipes soon so you can make them at home, too! Thanks to Mrs. Nading, FACS teacher at East HS, for being our instructor.
Our program, Eating Better Together, creates a more welcoming community by connecting individuals from all economic backgrounds to key sources of information and tools for healthy eating in Columbus. It addresses the food issues faced by the low- income members of our community, acknowledges that all community members can benefit from this awareness through activities that encourage us to all eat better, and creates opportunities for fun, peer- to-peer learning.
The classes will all be interactive and lots of fun! From cooking with kids to learning how to make stock and even how to save money by buying a whole chicken and learning how to cut it up yourself -- there's something for everyone. We want residents of all ages and backgrounds to cook & eat together, building an inclusive and strong community.
For more information please visit the Events page. To register, please email or call SaraBeth Drybread. firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-343-3588
Wednesday, September 19: "Cooking and Time Management"
Eastide Community Center, 10am-3pm
Tuesday, October 9: "Fannie's Pasta & More! Cooking with Kids"
Columbus East High School, 4pm
Wednesday, November 14: "Eating Better Together at Mill Race Center"
Columbus is ready for a downtown, full-service grocery store. But not just any grocery store -- a cooperative! Watch the video to learn about the exciting changes in Columbus, the importance of buying local when you can, and how we can create a stronger & healthier community.
Great news is worth the wait! As you may be aware, the board and members of our finance committee have been working tirelessly for the past six months with the goal of securing a fabulous site for our food co-op.
We were in negotiations with Cummins for a site at 315 6th Street, which had many wonderful qualities – such as the location and proximity to Viewpoint Books. That building would continue to be owned by Cummins Inc. We would pay for and do all the renovation and pay a modest rent for its use. However, as you know, parking in downtown continues to be a hot topic and the site could not offer adequate parking for our members. With the current and expected future growth of the downtown area, we were concerned about constraints it would put on the Co-op’s future. In light of our most recent market study, and together with our consultants, the board decided that this would not be a good long term choice for the Co-op. Our relationship with Cummins remains strong and we look forward to future collaboration with them as we work toward a store that will enrich the quality of life for residents of Columbus and our region.