Eating Better Together

The Columbus Food Co-op is proud to be among the 13 recipents of the Welcoming Community II Grant, awarded by Heritage Fund – the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County.  

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. or 812-343-3588

Coming Up

Wednesday, September 19: "Cooking and Time Management"CookingClass_copy.jpg

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"

Mill Race Center, 4pm 



Columbus Food Co-op Video

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.  




New Site Chosen for Downtown Co-op!

Dear Member-Owners of the Columbus Food Co-op,

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. 

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August Newsletter

Read the August newsletter HERE! 




Michael Greven & Family Relocating to Eldoret

Interim Co-op President Michael Greven and Family Relocating to Eldoret, Kenya
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Home Food Preservation Classes

Purdue Extension is offering home food preservation classes this summer.  All classes are from 6-9pm at East High School, 230 South Marr Road.

July 24- Food Safety & Freezing

July 31- Boiling Water Process

August 7- Pressure Canning

August 14- Pickling & Drying Foods

August 21- Jams and Jellies


To register, visit or call (812) 379-1665

Cost is $10 for each class and the deadline to register is one week prior to each class.  


Fair Farm Bill

Whether we realize it or not, the 2012 Farm Bill affects all of us.  For current updates and how you can take action, please visit

Tell the House of Representatives you WANT A FAIR FARM BILL.  Click HERE to send House Speaker John Boehner a letter. 

Several members of the community gathered to discuss the Food Stamp Challenge.  After the conversation, the group took this picture and sent to Senator Lugar, telling him to support a Fair Farm Bill.  




The Biggest Farm Bill Loser

The 2012 Farm Bill is currently on the Senate floor.  This bill affects all of us and many of you have expressed an interest in learning more about the bill and what you can do to make sure we have a Fair Farm Bill.  Here's a short, animated video and for more information, visit



Welcoming Community Grant!

We would like to thank The Heritage Fund for awarding us, in collaboration with Eastside Community Center, the Welcoming Community II grant!  Our program, Eating Better Together, will focus on cooking and nutrition for families, especially with lower income.  The program will take place from September-November and we will announce the class dates soon!  We are working with some fantastic local groups that will offer a wealth of resources.  By working together, sharing our challenges, and gaining new skills, we can all Eat Better Together.  


June Newsletter

Click HERE to read the June Newsletter.  Learn about the Food for Thought Film Series, the Food Stamp Challenge, our new board secretary, and try a new recipe using this month's vegetable--beets! 


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