July 2, 2022
  • July 2, 2022

Northside Food Co-Op appoints new chef

By on May 20, 2022 0

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A new leader has been named to the Northside Food Co-Op Board of Directors as the project gains momentum toward its goal of providing healthy food options to Wilmington’s Northside community .

According to a press release, since the resignation of former executive Evan Folds, Cierra Washington has been appointed project manager to spearhead a community engagement plan to promote the store.

The 10th and Fanning Streets site is funded and developed by New Hanover County, with assistance from the City of Wilmington, and the Food Co-Op will operate the store.

The co-op started in 2018 by inviting community members to invest $100 to buy stock in the business and give “owners” a voice in how the store is operated. In response to the plea to alleviate the lack of groceries in an area known to be a food desert for decades, more than 500 people have committed to the project and in return, these “owners” will benefit from special offers.

In 2020, Folds took over the leadership of the co-op to rally community support and move the project forward.

“I’m grateful for all the hard work Evan has put in late at night and early in the morning at the Northside Food Coop so far,” said co-op board chairman Cedric Harrison. “We found Evan and brought him into the team at a time when, if we hadn’t, we might not be where we are now.”

The co-op tested the grocery store concept in the area by opening “Frankie’s Market,” a farmers’ market at 11th and Princess streets, in 2021. Once proven successful, the City of Wilmington and New Hanover County joined forces. joints to help convert city-owned land.

“Thank you to the county and the city for their partnership and financial commitment,” Harrison said. “We can now take it to the next level. I am very excited as we bring Cierra Washington into our new leadership role.

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