The purpose of this report is to understand the current food needs of marginalized community-members in the Bloomington-Normal area, to learn how Green Top Grocery may help improve food security among these residents, and to ascertain viable mechanisms to encourage involvement in the cooperative among a diversity of local residents. The findings are based on data from three focus groups and nine key-informant interviews conducted in the Bloomington-Normal community. Key findings most relevant to Green Top’s goal of encouraging a diverse membership include the following: Green Top may wish to use existing networks to build trust in the Bloomington-Normal community, keeping in mind they will need communicate in multiple languages; Green Top could educate the public about what a grocery cooperative is; Green Top could consider the needs of marginalized community members when making infrastructure decisions such was where to locate their store. A number of other findings are discussed. In conclusion, additional research is highly recommended for Green Top to move forward with their goals.
Brants, Nichole; Healy, Emma; Kirchner, Raina; Koch, Jeff; McNair, Ben; Tester, Aaron; Toenjes,, Ashley; Trimble, Alex; and Warren, Dave, "Food Insecurity in Bloomington-Normal: How a Grocery Cooperative Might Help Meet the Needs of Low-Income Residents" (2012). Community Project Design and Management Reports - Sociology. Paper 2.