A food co-op is different from a regular grocery store in its reinvestment of profit back into the community and mission to promote the health and viability of the local economy.
The average food co-op:
- sources 80% of their stock from local farms and purveyors
- pays above average wage
- promotes sustainability measures for a greener planet – like recycling, composting, and reduced waste
- donates 13% of profits to charity