GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Renaissance Community Co-op is getting close to becoming a reality.
Residents and supporters attended the showing of a film at Red Cinemas Monday night. The film documents efforts in the East Greensboro community, which hasn't had a grocery store since Winn-Dixie closed 17 years ago.
The group has already raised $1.2 million with nearly $600,000 left to raise before the doors can open later this year. Residents are reaching out to city and county leaders to help cover the remaining cost.
The Renaissance Community Co-op efforts has become a model for other communities dealing with a food desert, a term used to describe rural and inner city area with a lack of a grocery store.
Greensboro City Council is expected to talk about funding April 7. Guilford County Commissioners are expected to discuss funding during their yearly budget meetings.