Families in a New York neighbourhood have formed a grocery co-operative system to combat rising food prices.
SV People around vegetable stalls
CU Book-keeper's entry
CU Fruit TILT UP TO customer buying
CU Apples selected from box
SCU Customer and fruit vendor
CU Green peppers PAN ACROSS TO other vegetables
SV Mon unloading fruit boxes (4 shots)
SV Food being unpacked
CU C-op. manageress
SOF STARTS: "It's a sense...
SF Food weighed
SV Small girl looks through bags
SV Food wrapped
SV Small boy with lottuce
SOF ENDS: "..in your life."
GV Family at dinner table (3 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 9: CO-OPERATIVE ORGANISER, MRS. ROBBINS: "It is a sense of accomplishment in being able to do something about the high cost of food. Most people find it very frustrating -- every time they go to the supermarket they sea prices going up a few cents each week. Everything also they buy is going higher. This way, as much work as we have to do the shopping, to get up at four o'clock in the morning in the weeks that we shop, to carry the cartons of food, it gives you a sense of power that you can overcome this one problem in your life."
CO-OPERATIVE FAMILIES COLLECTING FOOD FROM DISTRIBUTION POINT: ORGANISER COMMENTS ON SYSTEM: FAMILY EATING MEAL IN HOME.
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Background: Families in a New York neighbourhood have formed a grocery co-operative system to combat rising food prices. The system, which they call "The West Side Food Conspiracy", is operated by about two hundred families who rant at truck and take it in turns to go down shopping at a New York market -- afterwards returning to their neighbourhood and distributing it.
A family of six usually save at least fifteen dollars on a weekly food bill -- a substantial saving at New York Food prices. The scheme began a year ago with ten families, and has sinon become the best co-operative of its kind in the area. This film shows the families collecting their weekly food at the distribution point. It includes a voice-on-film comment from one of the organisers.