In Boston, the Dorchester Food Co-op is set to open its doors next year at the ground floor of a building housing 41 low-income apartments. The co-op is located at the corner of Bowdoin and Topliff Street, in neighborhood where half of its 126,000 residents are Black. Their estimated median household wealth is $8. Investors and volunteers alike, however, are hoping the co-op can supply nutritious and culturally relevant food to such communities. Since 2015, investors have given a total of $400,000 in funding, with nearly a hundred checks sent in just the past year. Jenny Silver, volunteer treasurer for the co-op, says the the checks oftentimes include notes of gratitude and encouragement. "It’s really important for a co-op for people to feel involved in the creation," says Silver. "That it’s really the community coming together to do this and we wouldn’t be where we are without those investments."

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