Community: Food Co-operatives
Have you ever heard of a food co-operative? We love 'em. Fortunately for us, Vancouver is home to a plethora of co-ops, initiatives that reinvest our hard earned dollars back into our community.
About The Vancouver Food Co-op:
Vision: To provide our community access to healthy foods and products, with emphasis on local suppliers.
"We strive to support our local economy by providing a space for local farmers and food artisans to feature their products, while providing our community a place to purchase seasonal, fresh, organic, wholesome foods.
VFC is proud to offer members and the public an online store purchasing option as we build towards our goal of a fully functioning grocery store location to better serve you. Thank you for your interest and support of the Vancouver Food Cooperative, a local non-profit business in the community, for the community, by the community."
About the East End Food Co-op:
"The East End Food Co-operative is Vancouver’s only consumer-owned grocery store. We serve the local community. Varied Members interests and concerns link us to groups involved with the politics of food, the environment, other communities, and much more. We are part of a growing wave of economic, political and food consciousness.
Founded in 1975 the Co-op initially operated as a volunteer-run buying club in a warehouse location at a time when it was hard to get natural foods, particularly in bulk. The objective was to put food shopping profits in local pockets. Today, the store is professionally managed and run by unionized staff."
"Sprouts is a 100% volunteer and student-run organization at UBC. Through our many initiatives we endeavour to make healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food accessible to everyone on campus. Our story began in 1997 with the creation of the UBC Natural Food Co-op, a bulk buying food co-operative which in 2004 moved to the SUB and opened Sprouts, a student-run grocery store."