Support FCI – 2017 Year-end Donation Drive

FCI is entirely supported by grants and donations from people like YOU! We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit serving startup food co-ops all across the United Stated.

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Year End Fund Drive ImagesIn our first 10 years, Food Co-op Initiative (FCI) helped 130 startup food co-ops to open their doors. With direct support, online training, educational tools, and our FCI Seed Grant programs, we’ve effectively helped startup food co-ops learn, communicate, connect, and get their stores open.

10 years = 130 NEW food co-ops = 1020 jobs = 130 newly resilient communities.

Now in our 11th year, FCI has seen 140 new co-ops open their doors. Is the wave of new co-ops slowing down? Apparently not! It is shifting into more small, rural towns and inner city communities.  We are currently working with over 138 additional communities that are working hard to start their own food co-ops and the calls don’t stop coming.

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Learn more about FCI’s impact in our 2016 report.

But it’s getting more and more expensive to open new food co-ops. And it takes more help than ever to get any new co-op up and open. Luckily, we’ve been learning what works now, collecting best practices, and building new tools to meet new challenges for startups.

Startup efforts are also getting more diverse. We’re working with a growing number of groups opening food co-ops in low-income communities, especially in large cities. We’re watching closely how the existing models of development for food co-ops work, and don’t work, for these communities and fostering learning and communication between startups in these areas.

We’re up to the challenge of continuing to support startups.  What we need now is your support.

Ready to help build the next 130 food co-ops? We need your support now more than ever!

Donate to our Year-end Drive Today!

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