I am grateful to have this opportunity to collaborate with this community group. The benefits to the community from our collective effort far outweigh any monetary return on investment. The concept of a community-driven food store is the gift that keeps giving back. So needed in this part of Oakland with high rates of mortality due to obesity, diabetes as a result of a lack of availability of fresh, quality, natural foods. I look forward to not only participating as a consumer but also thinking out of the box to see if as a community we can leverage technical health knowledge to complement the food options and promote and sustain a healthy community.