Anabel’s Grocery Store: Not your typical grocery store

On February 15, 2023, Anabel’s grocery store opened for the first time this year. A student-run nonprofit organization, Anabel focuses on not only providing affordable food to Cornellians, but also building community around food justice. Graduate students taking or completing AEM 3385 regularly plan events and initiate initiatives that benefit customers. From collaborations with downtown charities to cooking classes, there’s a lot more going on outside of a typical grocery store than just selling food, making Anabel’s a unique social enterprise on campus. With so many projects underway, we can only wait to see what the staff will be up to for the rest of this semester.

Within the first month of its opening, Anabel’s achieved many milestones. On March 5, the Joint Education Committee hosted a community Toast-A-Thon with Prisoner Express at the Durland Alternative Library. Prisoner Express is an organization that spreads hope among people in prison through poetry, art and writing programs. Participants delivered letters and book packages to those in need and enjoyed bread provided by Wide Awake, a local Ithaca bakery dedicated to sustainability and community support.

Another very recent event hosted by Anabel’s staff was a cooking demonstration on the afternoon of Saturday 11th March. At 660 Stewart Ave., the staff taught attendees how to prepare a vegetable lentil coconut curry using only store-bought ingredients. Expect more free demos in the future. Response links to these stories are posted on Anabel’s Instagram page