Our Impact

13 years. 154 new food co-ops. Over 100 more currently in the works.

Making a Difference – Over 15 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 July 2020, Food Co-op Initiative has seen 155 new retail food co-ops open in the U.S. 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 2,200 jobs.
  • Added $528 million in annual sales to the cooperative business economy.
  • 200,000+  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 $642,000 in Seed Grants to support early development of new co-ops.
  • Innovative web-based training programs, accessible on demand.


FCI Annual Report 2019



2017 impact report front


FCI Annual Report 2018 


FCI Impact Report 2016



2017 Impact Report 



New Co-ops Start . . . With You

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