This toolkit aims to help you work through the things you need to think about when planning your food co-op.
The main stages in planning any project are to:
A key part of the planning process is therefore to carry out a needs assessment to find whether there is a need or demand for a food co-op in your area.
Even if you are setting up a very small food co-op it is a good idea to create an action plan answering the following questions:
If you want to set up a larger scale food co-op and plan to apply for large amounts funding you might need to create a more detailed project plan or business plan. A business plan is a document that describes your food co-op, what you hope to achieve, how it will operate over time, and how you will manage the money. It will help you to develop your ideas and can be used to plan and monitor progress.