What is a Co-Op?
co • op • er • a • tive
a farm, business, or other organization that is owned and run jointly by its members, who share the profits or benefits.
If you look up "Food Co-Op" on Wikipedia, it will read that they are are "a food distribution outlet organized as a cooperative... that typically carry natural foods." While this is a quick, correct summary, to the owners and members of cooperatives, they are so much more.
Food co-ops take one of the biggest commercial and corporate structures that exist, grocery stores, and try to connect the customers to their food. By using democratic principles and helping to spark community involvement, co-ops are where the shoppers can literally vote with their dollars in a direct way, so as to make the biggest impact on their community possible.
Democracy, education and community are all important part of the co-op model.
In fall of 2013, Food For Change: The Story of Cooperation in America was released. Food for Change is a full length documentary that shows how co-ops are a force for change both socially and economically. People's Grocery donated to help make this movie possible.
To learn more about the film, visit www.foodforchangemovie.com