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This week on Everything Co-op, Clarice Manning discusses how community engagement supports grocery co-op startup

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Tune in to WOL 1450 AM, 95.9 FM and WOL Livestream on October 19, 10:30 am, ET, for Everything Co-op, hosted by Vernon Oakes. This week, Vernon interviews Clarice Manning, a member of the Community Engagement committee at Community Grocery Co-op. Vernon and Clarice will discuss establishing a food co-op and community engagement’s role in the process.

Community Grocery Co-opÔÇÖs purpose is to provide Washington, DC, residents in Wards 7 and 8 access to healthy food and local products that are equitable, affordable, and supportive of a healthy lifestyle. CGC is also passionate about providing entrepreneurial opportunities, skills training, and employment to residents who desire those opportunities.

Our host, Vernon Oakes, is a consummate advocate for cooperatives. He is a Past President of the National Association of Housing Cooperatives and has served on several boards and committees to advance the interests of cooperatives. He also served on the Limited Equity Cooperative Task Force, established by Anita Bonds, an At-Large Member of the Council of the District of Columbia. Vernon is an MBA graduate of Stanford University who has used his business acumen to benefit the community by promoting the added value of the cooperative business model. 

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