Great Basin Food Co-op holds community events throughout October


Last Thursday was National Food Day and although much of the celebration across the country is already complete, the call to action hasn’t stopped in Reno.

The Great Basin Community Food Co-op (GBCFC) hosted their member drive at its Court Street location in Downtown Reno, with free live music, snacks and beverages.

Existing members received 10 percent off purchases all day, and new members received a gift bag. It was also the opening of the new art installation, “We Grow Community 6 to 6,000”, which exhibits 600 photographs of GBCFC members in celebration of the burgeoning local food and co-op community in Reno.

GBCFC is also bringing awareness to the non-GMO project throughout October. The co-op has adopted a new policy regarding genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the store. Its produce department is completely organic, as well as 90 percent of the bulk food bins, and non-GMO products are now clearly marked throughout the co-op. Many of these products are also on sale right now to highlight what is available, after a large inventory audit. Shoppers can also help with the scavenger hunt by looking for non-GMO items, and if they find something that the staff hasn’t already identified, this shopper will be entered into a drawing to win a non-GMO gift tote bag complete with products, buttons, stickers and a non-GMO cookbook.

The raffle will be held on Oct. 30, at the showing of the award winning film “GMO OMG” held in conjunction with Artemisia Movie House. The film will be played upstairs in GBCFC’s community space for a suggested donation of five dollars.

GBCFC will end the month of October with a pumpkin-carving contest. In the spirit of clean food, they will be passing out non-GMO candy all day to trick-or-treaters from Oct. 30-31.