These stories and case studies provide information on some of the wide range of community run food co-ops and buying groups that are currently running across the country.
To help inspire others to consider alternative ways of shopping Phili Denning shares her story of setting up a food buying group from her garage in South London. Over the following weeks we'll follow her story about the highs and lows of setting up a viable business whilst sticking firmly to your values.
City University Food Co-op
City Food Co-op team is run by Francesca and Marta who are postgraduate foodies from Italy, studying Food Policy, which looks at how food is prepared and consumed, and the consequences for our health and the planet.
Brighton University Food Co-op
Although Brighton University Food Co-op has been running for a few years, in 2016 it got a new lease of life and is now running regularly across three campuses.
Motivated by a wish to learn more about how their local food system works and what steps they could take to make it more sustainable, students at the University of Exeter set up a veg bag scheme.
SOAS Food Co-op
The SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) food co-op in central London has a pretty simple aim - to distribute high quality delicious wholefoods to students and the local community at cost price.