Food Store(y)

Food Store(y): Hyperlocal expandable empathy-generating economic network

The purpose of Food Store(y) is to bolster civil society via camaraderie and communication.  In this social-distancing-compliant action, the user gets closer to neighbors instead of feeling more isolated.

Food Store(y) is a new public place of DIY trade connected to placemaking in real communities using empathy-driven story collection to fortify existing bonds through food sharing and storytelling. Creating spaces for personal, regional and historical storytelling and assigning these the tangible, accessible physical value of comforting nourishment, will help bridge social and economic borders by creating a system where most things have similar values, and the number of exchanges, the democratic engagement of the network is what helps users advance to the next level.


I will make you some food if you tell me a story.


Sign up by sending a description of your food or story to me via my contact page and I will either exchange with you directly or connect you to another participant.

Food Storey Explainer from Ann LePore on Vimeo.

By having an social network for exchange where the value of the items exchanged is held to a specific limit, there can be no monopoly. It’s a way of practicing engagement-as-commerce in a format that can take place immediately, alongside capitalism, and create an experience which users will hopefully come to understand as one of the many healthy alternatives to exploitative and unsustainable forms of capitalism.