A food co-op is a store that is owned by the people who shop there. Co-ops can help people
lower their grocery bills, gain access to products that wouldn’t otherwise be available, and
keep money in their communities because they are democratically controlled by their members
rather than by outside investors.

Types of Coops Cooperative Principles
♦ Consumer Coops

♦ Worker Coops

♦ Financial Coops

♦ Producer and Wholesale Coops

1. Voluntary and Open Membership

2. Democratic Member Control

3. Member Economic Participation

4. Autonomy and Independence

5. Education, Training and Information

6. Cooperation Among Coops

7. Concern for Community

Did You Know:

    One of the earliest co-operatives in the United States was the Philadelphia Contributership for the
    Insurance of Homes from Loss by Fire
    , established in 1752 by Benjamin Franklin and it is still in operation today.