How Food Co-ops Save Shoppers Money and Support Local Communities

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The 1970s saw thousands of food cooperatives open in cities across the nation, catering to a more food-conscious consumer with an emphasis on bulk foods, organic and fair-trade goods, and anti-corporate — at times even utopian — approaches to food distribution. Many of these member-owned and operated grocery providers have shuttered due to market pressure in the decades since, but some remain as strong as ever, filling a vital and often money-saving niche in their communities while standing in contrast to the profit incentives underlying most food stores and other business ventures.

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East End Food Co-op, Pittsburgh

East End Food Co-op


Originally formed as a food-buying club in 1972 and opened as a retail storefront in 1978, the East End Food Store survives today as Pittsburgh’s only cooperative food store. East End supports sustainable practices by buying local. It includes specially produced

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Raising Cane’s Asks Corporate Staff to Fry Chicken

  • Corporate staff at Raising Cane’s will work as fry cooks and cashiers amid the labor shortage.
  • They will start going into restaurants this week, where they will also recruit extra staff, per Bloomberg.
  • About half of the 500-restaurant chain’s corporate staff will go into restaurants, Bloomberg reported.

A fast-food chain is asking corporate staff to fry chicken and serve customers in its restaurants amid an industry-wide labour shortage, Bloomberg first reported.

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, which has more than 500 restaurants and is known for its chicken-finger meals, will send half of its corporate staff into branches across the US this week, Bloomberg reported.

The company wants to hire 10,000 workers over the next 50 days — the corporate staff will also work in recruitment at restaurants, per Bloomberg. 

“It’s no secret that today’s hiring market is a challenge,” co-CEO AJ Kumaran in a statement

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No home cooked food for Aryan Khan; gets puri bhaji and more on paper plate after getting nabbed by NCB

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Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan‘s son Aryan Khan was detained by the Narcotics Control Bureau a few days ago after a surprise raid was conducted on a cruise. Along with him, his friends Arbaaz Merchantt and Munmun Damecha were also detained. On October 3 they were arrested and on October 4, their NCB custody got extended till October 7. Since then, several reports about the case are coming to fore. Latest is about them being served biryani, puri bhaji and more at NCB office.

As reported by Times of India, after being detained by the NCB, Aryan Khan and others were served food like puri bhaji and daal-rice made by a roadside eatery near Ballard Estate. Sources told the portal that the NCB contacted a nearby restaurant to arrange for Biryani and more for those detained. No home cooked food was given to them

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