Philadelphia Mayor Kenney to Speak to Weavers Way Co-op Members


Philadelphia, PA, Oct. 31, 2017— Weavers Way, the Mt. Airy-based cooperative grocery with three stores in Philadelphia and Montgomery County, announced today that Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will be the guest speaker at the organization's fall membership meeting Friday, Nov. 3.

The Mayor's Office says Kenney will focus on the city's sustainability initiatives, including support for urban agriculture and land reclamation and efforts to reduce food waste, as well as talking about the importance of local business. The meeting, at the Waldorf School of Philadelphia, 6000 Wayne Ave., starts at 5 p.m., with Kenney scheduled to take the mic about 6.

Kenney also intends to field questions from what is likely to be a large and friendly crowd. Weavers Way's seven-principle "Ends" statement includes protection of the environment and development of the local economy as core purposes.

Weavers Way recently opened a third store in Ambler, Montgomery County, its first outside the city. Alluding to this, Co-op General Manager Jon Roesser said, "Weavers Way's role in Northwest Philadelphia, and our mission of promoting cooperative ownership, healthful and sustainably produced products and fair treatment of people and the environment remain essential to our identity."

"We're honored and delighted to have Mayor Kenney come out to our meeting," Roesser said, "not just because he's the mayor — although that's a pretty big deal — but because his administration is working on so many of the same things we are."

As with virtually all official Weavers Way events, the general membership meeting is Zero Waste, so attendees are asked to bring their own plate and cutlery to enjoy a free buffet dinner and dessert, another feature of most Weavers Way functions. Dishes will be available to rent from the Co-op's Environment Committee.

This event is open to the press; please contact Communications Manager Mary Sweeten at or 215-843-2350, ext. 135, to RSVP.