Some fantastic information on food co-ops from Jamie…
Just like many of us, I am on a budget and must figure out ways to get more with less. Obviously, one way we do this is to get ideas and inspiration from each other. Another way I discovered was to start and operate a food co-op, where buying in bulk gets better prices, and gives me the opportunity for me to serve others.
Here’s how it works for us…
People who join the co-op can order as often or infrequently as they wish. We place orders once a month, and on the day of delivery we get together to re-package bulk items into the sizes ordered. Most of what we order comes from Walnut Creek Foods in Holmes County, Ohio. Much of what gets ordered is from their published sale flyer.
They email this flyer to me and I, in turn, email it to all our members and interested parties. We have available quite a variety of foods, from dry cereals and staple items to cheeses and meats to cold salads (potato, macaroni & cole slaw), jams, jellies, pizza ingredients, and on and on.
Each person who joins the co-op pays a one time fee ($5), is assigned a member number and receives a catalog from WCF. Most orders are sent to me via email; a few are called to me. Some items are at 50% of the retail price in grocery stores.
Check out some of these amazing prices that our food co-op is currently offering:
- Colby Cheese – $2.41/lb
- Smoked, honey roasted turkey breast -$2.93/lb
- Maple ham -$2.25/lb
- Rolled oats – $.44/lb
- Unbleached, unbromated flour – $.34/lb
I have been operating this co-op for over 5 years, and it presently has about 124 members. I am thankful I not only have a way to save money on my own groceries, but a way to serve others, helping them do the same. We have become a community of people working together to save money while enjoying the benefits of healthier ingredients, community fellowship and less trash to inpact the environment.
If you have any questions on how to start a food co-op, let’s talk about it in the comments!