Friendly City Food Co-Op to Expand Store

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HARRISONBURG,Va. (WHSV)-- Workers have said the expansion of Friendly City Food Co-Op is a chance to offer more for the community.

The Blessed Sacrament food pantry is slated to be moving mid-summer and with the expanded space, people at the Co-op hope they can do more community outreach.

The expansion will add another 4,000 square feet. The co-op is asking for member owners help to raise the $750,000 needed to pay for the space.

There will be more produce, a larger seating area, and more community outreach.

Employees use a small kitchen, and workers said they can be more efficient with more space.

"There's not a lot of meeting space in Harrisonburg, it'll be a place that non-profit organizations could use for free," said Friendly City Food Co-Op General Manager Steve Cooke.

A new kitchen would also mean a chance to have cooking classes.

"We really have a goal of reaching out into the community and doing a lot more education, teach people how to live better, how to eat healthier on a budget," said Cooke.

Members of the co-op said that they hope to start working on the expanded space in mid-fall. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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