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Food, Friends and Local Farms Are the Focus at ELFCO

For just over a year, an oasis in the food desert of one of Lansing’s most eclectic neighborhoods has been serving up a plate of convenience with a side of community closeness.  

Since opening in the Allen Neighborhood Center in October 2022, the Eastside Lansing Food Co-op, 1605 E. Kalamazoo St., has become a staple of resourcefulness for daily staples and resources sought by residents in the northeast quadrant of the city.  

“I would describe it as an innovative hybrid that is both a distribution hub for locally grown and produced food products, as well as a neighborhood grocery serving the low- to moderate- income neighborhood known as the eastside,” Joan Nelson, longtime member and volunteer at ELFCO and former director of the Allen Neighborhood Center. “But it is also a community gathering space and a spot for neighbors meeting one another for morning coffee or business people meeting with clients and others. So, it has multiple missions and activities, but the first two are the most critical.” 

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