Michael and Ariella Menashy started The Community Grocer as the solution to a problem: how could they afford to feed their children nutritious, sustainable food in a city where the cost of living is among the highest in the country?
The Community Grocer makes healthy living affordable for the average Vancouverite. We offer a diversity of products with an emphasis on organic, minimally processed and healthful foods and we use collective purchasing to enable us to offer members the absolute lowest price possible! All products are member-approved and are 100% free of artificial ingredients. Only members can shop here and membership is open to all.
We share food, education and revenues with those in need to strengthen our local community. For every 100 lbs of food sold, 1 lbs will be donated to our local food banks.
Why a Community Grocer in Vancouver
In a 2016 poll, 57% of Canadians said rising food prices made it more difficult for them to feed their households; 71% switched to cheaper brands to save money, and cut back on meat, fruits, and vegetables. Over 40% chose less healthy options at the grocery store because they were cheaper and 80% said they turned to food banks for help. (Metronews.ca)
"Regardless of income levels, it is getting harder for people to feed their families and deal with the price of food." - Shachi Kurl, Executive Director of the Angus Reid Institute.
From 2015 to 2016, Vancouver’s housing prices jumped by the equivalent of the average annual household income in the city, and the number of people who left the city was greater than those who came (Globalnews.ca).