Some U Students Push for Campus Grocery Co-op

Updated: 04/06/2013 2:10 PM By: Joy Lim Nakrin

Some University of Minnesota students want better grocery options, so they're trying to create their own with a co-op.

The nearest full-service grocery stores are miles from campus. Students often turn to nearby convenience stores for produce, and options at those are limited. So a group of 20 students who call themselves the "Food Coalition" are trying to create a grocery co-op.

The students pushing for the co-op suggest student service fees as a source of funding. Currently, each student pays $368.29 per year in such fees. With roughly 49,000 students enrolled on the Twin Cities campus, Food Coalition members say a few cents more of those fees could easily finance a co-op.

Phill Kelly, a student involved in the Food Coalition adds, "students would create it, manage it, they would organize the supply chain."

Much planning and approval is still needed. But Dave Golden, Director of Public Health and Communications for the University of Minnesota's Boynton Health Service says he's optimistic that faculty will work to support students. Students hope they may even gain credits for their work running the co-op. Golden reacted, "we have projects that students get credit for all the time so yeah if you get sponsoring family interested in doing it."