What type of food co-op should you set up?
There are lots of different types of food co-ops which run in different settings such as community centres, schools, universities, church halls or workplaces.
The type of food co-op you decide to set up and the method you choose for distributing food will depend on a variety of factors, such as what food you want to buy and how many members/customers you aim to have.
It will also depend on what type of scheme you have the capacity to run, as some will require a lot more time and money. The main types of food co-ops we work with are shown below (some large projects with several outlets may have combination of all of these):
- Buying clubs
- Bag or box schemes
- Mobile stores or home delivery schemes
- Online ordering