In the 1970s people wanted organic and unprocessed basic foods that were not readily available in grocery stores. They organized co-ops to get these products and built connections with producers and vendors. Today, natural food co-ops are among the most successful cooperatively owned enterprises.
Thanks in large part to those efforts we have a thriving organic and natural food industry. Food co-ops are changing the way Americans look at food and farming.
Co-op members have certain rights and responsibilities such as:
- Electing the board of directors
- Receiving patronage dividends in years when the Co-op turns a profit
- Receiving a copy of the Co-op Articles and Bylaws
- Reviewing reports on financial performance at the annual meeting and in the newsletter
- Eligibility to run for the board of directors (unless employed by the Co-op)
- Voting for changes in the articles and bylaws as proposed by the board of directors
- Attending board meetings
- Participating in occasional member surveys