How to set up a food co-op or buying group in a school

This simple "how to" factsheet advises schools on how to make fresh, local, ethically produced food more accessible to the local community, whilst supporting local farmers by providing them with a local, regular and reliable outlet. A school food co-op can also support other programmes such as Healthy Schools, Eco Schools and Food For Life.


How to set up a food co-op or buying group in a schoolThe simple "how to" factsheet advises schools on how to make fresh, local, ethically produced food more accessible to the local community, whilst supporting local farmers by providing them with a local, regular and reliable outlet.

A school food co-op can also support other programmes such as Healthy Schools, Eco Schools and Food For Life. The guide gives advice on the ten Ps of running a food co-op:

  • People
  • Planning
  • Produce
  • Premises
  • Practical resources
  • Procedures and pricing
  • Promotion
  • Policies and principles
  • Permits and licenses
  • Progress

The publication concludes with a case study of ‘Froots Roots En Shoots’ food co-op at Buckland St Mary Primary School in Chard, Somerset.

Published by Sustain's Food Co-ops project, in partnership with the Soil Association and funded as part of the Big Lottery's Making Local Food Work programme. For more information on Food Co-ops, and to use the Food Co-ops Toolkit or Food Co-ops Finder, visit: www.foodcoops.org.

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01/01/2011
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