About the People's Food Co-opThe what & why.
The People’s Food Co-op is Ann Arbor’s first natural-foods grocery store. For over 40 years we’ve served the community by offering local, natural and organic options in every department of the store.
We provide a space for the community to gather around fresh, healthy food in our very own Café Verde that serves hot-bar and salad-bar meals, grab-and-go food, fair-trade organic coffee, tea, fresh juices and house-made baked goods.
We are open seven days a week in Kerrytown just south of the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market. We are a democratically run, member-owned organization although you do not have to be a member to shop.
What’s a Cooperative?
A cooperative is defined by the International Co-operative Alliance as “an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly owned and democratically controlled enterprise.” To put it simply, a co-op is any group of people who pool their resources to get what they need. Co-ops are controlled and equally co-owned by their members, and operate by the seven International Cooperative Principles and summarized below:
- Voluntary and open membership
- Democratic member control
- Members economic participation
- Autonomy and independence
- Education, training and information
- Cooperation among cooperatives
- Concern for community