The Food Co-op Coalition
WHY FOOD CO-OPS? The overall goal of a cooperative is to create organizations that serve the needs of the people who use them. They are member-owned, member-governed businesses that operate for the benefit of their members, When you join a Co-op, you own it! Co-ops provide goods and services in a way that keeps community resources in the community. Members pool resources to bring about economic results that are unobtainable by one person alone. It is from this foundation that the six co-ops joined to form the Food Co-op Coalition to support one another and work collaboratively for the benefit of all.
The Food Co-op Coalition birthed out of a common vision and mission to build and expand the local food economy in our locales. Knowing we could be even stronger and more impactful as a group, we created The Food Co-op Coalition in November 2016. WE are part of The Good Life in Region 5!
OUR PURPOSE: Develop a strong regional Food Co-op network that improves equity of availability, accessibility and affordability of locally sourced foods in ways that impact our region’s economic prosperity and health/wellness of residents and communities.
We are situated in Region 5 (Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd & Wadena) and formed in November 2016 under the leadership of Region Five Development Commission’s Executive Director, Cheryal Hills, inviting food cooperatives in the region to gather around the table and explore ways to support and grow together with common vision and mission to build and expand the local food economy.
Crow Wing Food Co-op
Down Home Foods
Ideal Green Market Co-op
Minnesota Street Market
Purple Carrot Market
We currently represent approximately 2,530 member-owners, not to mention the “friends” of the co-ops who shop regularly.
I moved to Brainerd two years ago and the first thing I did was visit the coop, became a member then got involved.
I'm a member, because I believe in growing community through food that is healthy for our bodies and souls.
I love the helpful knowledgeable staff at Crow Wing Food Coop.
My goal by being an active member is to help the coop to grow in strength and numbers, so that our community has better choices in what we put into our bodies.
Whenever I travel, I stop at the local coop, because the food is always better and I love to see what other coops are doing in their communities.
I look forward to the future, because there are bright things on the horizon for the Crow Wing Food Coop.
Funding provided by: National Joint Powers Alliance Innovation Funds Program