Georgia Natural Groceries in the Pandemic & Bilal Sarwari, National Young Farmers Coalition

On this week’s episode of the Atlanta Foodcast, we’re talking to the managers and owner three Georgia cooperative and independent natural groceries: Ahzjah Simons of Atlanta’s Sevananda Natural Foods Co-Op, Kara Brown and Theo Horne of Athens’ Daily Groceries Co-op, and Kristin Russell of Savannah’s Brighter Day Natural Foods (and the Sentient Bean). Our conversation focuses on the background of these local food institutions and how they’ve met the challenges of doing business, protecting their staff, and serving customers during the pandemic as well as the engaging with the community in the Black Lives Matter and racial justice movement. 

We then spoke to Bilal Sarwari of the National Young Farmers Coalition, who will soon be joining the roster as an upcoming guest co-host of the Atlanta Foodcast. Our discussion centers around the racial equity movement and food justice and the roll of non-profit organizations in affecting systemic change. 

We hope you enjoy today’s show and that it reminds you to eat responsibly and Stay Local. You can learn more about Georgia Organics’ Stay Local campaign at We’ll be back with another episode in two weeks, be sure to subscribe, rate, and review us in the meantime wherever you listen to podcasts! 


To learn more about Sevananda, visit and follow on social media at and @sevananda_atl/. 

To learn more about Daily Groceries, visit and follow on social media at and @dailycoop

To learn more about Brighter Day, visit and follow on social media at and @brighterdaynaturalfoods

To learn more and join the National Young Farmers Coalition, visit You can also join their advocacy network by texting Farmers to 40649. To connect on social media, visit and @youngfarmers/

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