Our Impact

10 years. 134 new food co-ops. Over 100 more currently in the works.

Making a Difference – Over 10 Years of Impact

Pride in Ownership at Renaissance Community Co-op member meeting.

Pride in ownership was apparent long before Renaissance Community Co-op opened in Greensboro, NC, November 2016.

As of May 2017, Food Co-op Initiative has seen 134 new retail food co-ops open in the U.S., with 74% of those still in business. Every store is unique, but they all share a belief in the Seven Cooperative Principles, and the pride that community ownership can bring. Together these stores have:

  • Created over 1,500 jobs.
  • Added $160 million in annual sales to the cooperative business economy.
  • 150,000+  people are local community member/owners.
  • Supported local economies, and local producers.

As a nonprofit organization supported by the co-op community, FCI is proud to be able provide free assistance to startup co-ops, including:

  • Phone, email and in-person consultation, training and guidance.
  • An extensive resource library of publications, videos,
    templates and more.
  • The FCI Guide to Starting a Food Co-op, the fully revised and updated book widely used by retail food co-op organizers.
  • Co-Sponsor of the annual national Up & Coming Conference for startup food co-ops, and several other regional training events.
  • Over $600,000 in Seed Grants to support early development of new co-ops.

FCI Impact Report 2016


Download our 2016 Impact Report to learn more, read what some of these co-ops say about FCI, and see the list of stores opened since FCI started.

New Co-ops Start . . . With You

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