Most of the information in this toolkit relates to the things you need to do when setting up your food co-op, however, once its up and running there is still a lot of work to do to ensure it is sustainable in the long term.
Sustainability is all about ensuring that your food co-op is able to keep running. This is highly dependent on economic factors i.e. can the food co-op bring in enough income to cover its running costs. It is therefore important to monitor the success of your food co-op by keeping a record of customer numbers and sales of produce.
The long term success of your food co-op also relates to social factors, such as whether the volunteers involved are happy and whether the food co-op meets customers and members' needs, for example is it on at a convenient time. It is therefore a good idea to survey both customers and volunteers to find out what they think. To find out more about monitoring and evaluation click here.
In some cases it is a good idea to offer volunteers training to enable them to feel more confident in fulfilling their roles. This section includes more information about training.