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Meyer Parodneck was an advocate for the poor. He created the first consumer-farmer cooperative of its kind in the nation. He founded the Consumer-Farmer Milk Cooperative, Inc. in 1937, which linked upstate producers and downstate consumers directly. The Foundation gave small grants, advice and low-interest and no-interest loans to community groups and tenants who were at the forefront of the fight against the urban abandonment that was then spreading across dozens of city neighborhoods. In 1994, the Consumer-Farmer Foundation changed its name to the Parodneck Foundation for Self-Help Housing and Community Development, Inc., in honor of its founder, Meyer Parodneck.


underprivileged, Cooperative, Parodneck, Community, Class of 1925