About the People's Food Co-op

The 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.

Click here to read about the Co-op’s History.

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

How to join

Becoming a Member-Owner is easy!

Click here for more information.