Why A Co+op?
A co-operative is a voluntary ownership organization, open to anyone willing to support it and accessible to everyone–including non-owners–to shop. Its member-owners ultimately decide how the co-op will operate and how operating surpluses are distributed. Because it is wholly-owned by members of the community it serves, it naturally acts with genuine concern for that community.
The United Nations declared 2012 the International Year of Co-operatives, and the International Co-operative Alliance published a Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade in early 2013. The Green Tomato Grocery is one of a network of many start-up food and grocery co-operatives in the Chicagoland area, the greater Midwestern region, and the United States itself.
- Democratic business equally owned and controlled by members of community
- Builds community—a Third Place
- An empowering means for self-help and resiliency
- Keeps jobs in the community
- Supports local and regional farmers and producers
- to build a sustainable food system
- Food security
- Money spent locally stays local
HEALTHFUL & SUSTAINABLE FOODS
- Nutritional value
- Educational Programs
- Provides jobs
- Fair wages and benefits
- Money spent within our community
- Reduces carbon footprint
- Attention to food shed/system
- Attention to food waste stream