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.
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