This October, Wild Oats is joining over 30,000 co-ops and credit unions across the United States in celebrating Co-op Month, observed nationally since 1964. This year, the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International has chosen “Co-operatives Commit” as the theme for the month, highlighting the many ways that co-ops are committed to their communities.
Our food co-op is a powerful example of how co-ops enable people to work together to make our community stronger – we employ over 50 local people, support over 70 local farmers and producers and give back thousands of dollars to community organizations each year. And we’re not alone! The Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA) includes more than 35 food co-ops and start-ups that are committed to building a more healthy, just, and sustainable food system. Together, we have shared annual sales of $315 million, provide good jobs for more than 2,000 people and purchase an estimated $60 million annually from local farmers and other producers. Everyone is welcome to shop, and we invite you to join with the more than 130,000 people in our region who own their community grocery store!
Learning more about co-ops in our food system is easy: just look for the “Go Co-op” signs on our shelves that identify products made by co-operatives. You may be surprised by what you find, including Cabot Creamery Co-op, Organic Valley, Equal Exchange, La Riojana — and many others.
For more examples of how co-ops are committed to their communities, please visit www.nfca.coop.