About Us

Strengthening Communities through Cooperation Food Co-op Initiative paves the way for New Food Co-op Excellence, leading to better fed, healthier communities with local control and connections.

Welcome to Food Co-op Initiative

Our Vision

Strengthening Communities through Cooperation
Food Co-op Initiative paves the way for New Food Co-op Excellence, leading to better fed, healthier communities with local control and connections.

Our Mission

FCI aims to increase the number, success and sustainability of new food cooperatives delivering access to healthy food in diverse communities across this country. It provides information, training and technical assistance, as well as seed capital, and engages in research to blaze, maintain and improve the development path for new food coops.

Food Co-op Initiative strives to provide exceptional resources for people in the U.S. working to start a retail food co-op that meets the needs of their community. New startups can use our materials at no charge and are able to reach out to our staff for phone consultations and additional technical help. This open access helps groups get established and incorporated during the early stages of starting a food co-op, putting them on a solid path towards opening a sustainable cooperative grocery store.

All the services of FCI are free of charge. Startups will find it necessary to hire consultants for in-depth services as the co-op project progresses. FCI is always available to answer questions and point you in the right direction.

Food Co-op Initiative is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and relies on grants and donations from the co-op community to help us provide services for new retail food co-ops.

Reach us:

Phone:   844-324-2667

Email:  info@fci.coop

Mailing address:

Food Co-op Initiative
14314 Featherstone Trail
Savage, MN 55378

New Co-ops Start . . . With You

We want to keep our services and resources free and accessible to startup retail food co-ops. If you have benefited from what's offered here, or want to support others, consider a donation in any amount.

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