Anabel’s Grocery – not your typical grocery store

On February 15, 2023, Anabel’s Grocery opened for the first time this year. Anabel’s, a student-run nonprofit, focuses not only on providing affordable groceries to Cornelian residents, but also on building community around food justice. College students taking or graduating from AEM 3385 are constantly planning events and starting initiatives that benefit customers. From working with inner-city charities to cooking lessons, there’s always more going on here than just selling food, unlike the typical grocery store, making Anabel’s a unique social enterprise on campus. With multiple projects underway, we can only wait to see what the staff will be working on for the rest of this semester.

Within the first month of opening, many successes have already been celebrated at Anabel’s. On March 5, the Collaborative Education committee held Toast-A-Thon, a community brunch with Prisoner Express at the Durland Alternative Library. Prisoner Express is an organization that spreads hope to incarcerated people through poetry, art and writing programs. Attendees sent letters and bundles of books to those in need while enjoying bread provided by Wide Awake, a local Ithaca bakery focused on sustainability and community building.

Another very recent event held by Anabel’s staff was a cooking demonstration on the afternoon of Saturday, March 11. At 660 Stewart Avenue, staff members taught attendees how to prepare a coconut, lentil and vegetable curry using only store-bought ingredients. More free demos can be expected in the future. RSVP links to these events are posted on Anabel’s Instagram page.