Co-op Community

The Co-Op Community

There are many co-ops within our region, ranging from start-ups like us to those established over 40 years ago! As we practice the principle of cooperation among co-ops, we are glad to have these folks in our network.

Ambler Food Co-op   

Doylestown Food Co-op

South Philly Food Co-op  

Kensington Community Food Co-Op

CreekSide Co-op

Weaver’s Way Co-op     

Mariposa Co-op     

Swarthmore Co-op

Co-Op Associations & Alliances

Philadelphia Area Co-op Alliance (PACA)     

Mid-Atlantic Food Co-op Alliance  (MAFCA)

Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA)

Co-Op Information

Many thanks to the Kitsap Community Food Co-Op for putting together the base for this great list!

Go Co-Op

An accompanying website of the National Cooperative Grocers Association, which focuses on the question “What is a Co-op?” This is an excellent starting point for anyone looking for more information!

National Cooperative Grocer’s Association (NCGA)

“National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) is a business services cooperative for retail food co-ops located throughout the United States. We represent 128 food co-ops operating 165 stores in 35 states with combined annual sales of over $1.4 billion and over 1.3 million consumer-owners. NCGA helps unify natural food co-ops in order to optimize operational and marketing resources, strengthen purchasing power, and ultimately offer more value to natural food co-op owners and shoppers everywhere.”—NCGA: About Us website

What You’ll Find:This site is a good source of information about current issues facing grocery cooperatives and the NCGA’s stance of the issues. It also posts links for active food co-ops across the United States, who are members of the association.

Co-Ops: Stronger Together

“StrongerTogether.coop is a place for people to gather on their food journeys. It’s a place to find out more about what’s in your food, where it comes from, where to find great food, how to prepare it, and a whole lot more. It’s also a place to talk with others about food topics you’re exploring, are passionate about, and even want to get involved in.” —Co-ops: Stronger Together: About Us page

What You’ll Find:This website posts videos, recipes, and more information about co-ops. It offers profiles on running co-ops, local farms, and producers. Visit this site if you’re looking for a rundown on local food issues, stories from the Co-op community, or a delicious gluten-free recipe (or gluten-full recipe!).

Food Co-Op Initiative (FCI)

“The Food Co-op Initiative Program is a 501(c)3 non-profit, dedicated to enabling a faster and more efficient start-up process to develop new retail grocery co-ops. “ —Food Co-op Initiative: About Us page

What You’ll Find:This site focuses on new food co-ops and offering resources that can help a start-up get up-and-running. If you want to know more about our process and what we’re doing to get the Bethlehem Food Co-Op open, this site has a wealth of information on which our board, employees, and volunteers rely.

CDS Consulting Co-Op

“CDS Consulting Co-op specializes in providing consulting services to cooperatives in the areas of: expansion and growth, improving retail operations, leadership development and governance, and starting a food co-op.” —CDS: About page

What You’ll Find: access to paid consulting services, library of resources, start-up section including webinars

Keystone Development Center (KDC)

“We are a non-profit corporation dedicated to providing technical and research assistance to groups who wish to organize as cooperatives. Through this we meet the economic and business development needs of rural and non-rural areas in the multi-state area of Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and Delaware. Our mission is to sustain communities, economies, and resources through cooperatively owned businesses.” —KDC About page

What You’ll Find: Access to grant-supported business development services, news, resources. KDC has been essential to the development of the Bethlehem Food Co-Op

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