Carbondale Community Food Co-op
Our vision at Carbondale Community Food Coop is to be a community-owned natural and organic food store.
We are committed to maintaining a community-owned natural food store in Carbondale. We strive to support local businesses and local agriculture whenever possible. We are committed to serving our customers and members by providing healthy, organic, and sustainable food and products and encouraging informed choices. We are dedicated to paying our staff livable wages while providing a pleasant place to shop and work.
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Carbondale Food Co-op
By Allyn Harvey
However you measure it — shelf for shelf, apple for apple or organic elk sausage for organic elk sausage — there isn’t a more fully-stocked, chock-full grocery in the valley than the Carbondale Community Food Cooperative.
The co-op, as it’s called by most of its customers, offers thousands of items — groceries, produce, meats and dairy products, dry goods, toiletries, vitamins and supplements. It’s a full-blown grocery in miniature — 450 square feet, to be exact — located on Main Street in the heart of downtown Carbondale.
About the Carbondale Community Food Co-op
Carbondale Community Food Co-opThe original vision for Carbondale Community Food Co-op (CCFC) was to build member equity in order to rent or purchase a store front that specialized in sustainable foods and products.
Today, the CCFC is Carbondale’s only natural food store. The CCFC is located on Main Street, across from Peppino’s Pizza.
The CCFC started as a organized a buyer’s club in response to a need to make healthy, affordable organic food available in Carbondale.
In 2007 the CCFC began selling memberships to build equity towards opening a natural food store. Most co-ops build member equity until there is enough money to open the store. The CCFC was offered a loan to get the store opened as quickly as possible.
For over four years, the CCFC has been open, and in 2012 the store is expanding in its current location. The CCFC relies on member support to continue thriving.
Members own the CCFC. Member shares and annual dues are needed to pay back our loan and explore the option of expanding the store. Without members, there could be no food co-op. It is the sale of member shares that creates the fundamental co-op equity to maintain our store front and pay employees.
When your membership is paid in full, you can reap the benefits of being an owner of the CCFC. Every weekend members receive 5% off their purchases. Members receive substantial savings on bulk purchases and are allowed a $20 credit line with the CCFC. Members also have the opportunity to volunteer in the store and receive up to 25% discount on their purchases. Members can also receive periodic e-updates from the CCFC. All owner-members have a vote in major decisions and an opportunity to elect and/or serve on the Board of Directors.