Where We've Been

In the spring of 1971, UFM offered a class to the community for those interested in accessing healthy, whole foods. The attendees of this class formed a buying club and eventually incorporated as a business in the summer of 1975 as a for profit entity under the Kansas Cooperative Corporation Code. It’s purpose is to “own and operate a consumers’ food cooperative and make available to is members and the public wholesome and nutritious food at the lowest possible prices.”

Since that time People’s has outgrown several locations and has grown to 1200+ members.


Where We're Going

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a marketing and purchasing outlet for minimally processed, high quality nutritional food and other goods and services, as desired by member/owners, at the best possible price. This provision shall be made through economically sound business practices of the cooperative. The People’s Grocery Cooperative Exchange, Inc shall promote the cooperative principles, provide education in the use and value of quality natural food, and shall support the physical and social well being of the employees, the members, the cooperative network and the community as a whole.


Education is incredibly important to us. Since we were founded in the basement of the UFM commmunity learning center, we keep that relationship strong by continuing to teach classes through the UFM all year long. Staff, owners and guests are welcome to teach classes.