Food co-ops toolkit

More and more communities are setting up food co-ops so they can get good food at an affordable price and have more control over where their food comes from.

Co-operation is all about two or more people joining forces and working together to achieve something they probably couldn't do on their own.

In the case of food co-ops a group of people join forces in order to be able to buy foods they may otherwise find it hard to get hold of at a price they can afford. By volunteering their time and pooling their buying power they can get produce direct from local farmers or wholesalers.

This toolkit was originally produced by Sustain in partnership with Somerset Community Food, London Food Link, Newham Food Access Partnership, Greenwich Co-operative Development Agency, Food Chain North East, F3 and Co-operatives UK as part of the Big Lottery funded Making Local Food Work programme.

The Toolkit has since been updated as part of the NUS Student Eats project funded by the Big Lottery's Our Bright Future programme.

To find more useful food co-op related information visit our main website.




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