First Alternative Gets National Recognition

By Kenna Warsinke

FirstAlternativeCoOpThe First Alternative Co-op in Southtown recently received a Gold Plate Award from the Food Marketing Institute. The Food Marketing Institute is a 501c(3) not-for-profit advocate for the food retail industry, as well as a political action committee based out of Arlington, Virginia. The Gold Plate Award goes to First Alternative Co-op for its ongoing Budget Bites meal plans, where a family of two can eat for $50 a week.

From the press release: “Families’ ability to reconnect and share a meal is the foundation of the food retail industry,” said Cathy Polley, RPh, vice president of health and wellness at FMI and the executive director of the FMI Foundation. “FMI’s Gold Plate Award winners demonstrate the innovative programs that empower shoppers for mealtime.”

The award-winning meal plans can be found on their website at