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Shop at a Local Coop

Where I live you can get anything from groceries to preschool to healthcare from a coop.

Shop at a Local Coop

Taken from NCBA.org:
A cooperative is a business. Co-ops range in size from small store-fronts to large Fortune 500 companies. In many ways, they're like any other business; but in several important ways they're unique and different.

Cooperatives—
  • Are owned and democratically controlled by their members-the people who use the co-op's services or buy its goods-not by outside investors; Co-op members elect their board of director from within the membership.
  • Return surplus revenues (income over expenses and investment) to members proportionate to their use of the cooperative, not proportionate to their "investment" or ownership share.
  • Are motivated not by profit, but by service-to meet their members' needs for affordable and high quality goods or services;
  • Exist solely to meet the serve their members.
  • Pay taxes on income kept within the co-op for investment and reserves. Surplus revenues from the co-op are returned to individual members who pay taxes on that income.
Search Food Coops (many are members of the Organic Trade Association)

Recommended Coops
Edited: I added the links from the comments

Arizona: Food Conspiracy
California - Northern: North Coast Co-op, Alvarado St Bakery
Delaware: Newark Natural Foods
Indiana: Bloomingfoods
Minnesota: Mississippi Market, The Wedge, Good Food Store Coop
Nebraska: Open Harvest
New Jersey: George Street
Washington: Group Health Cooperative-Puget Sound
Wisconsin: Willy St Coop, Group Health Cooperative, Nature's Bakery, Mifflin Coop

Know of a coop in your area? - Post it in the comments w/ any other info about it :)
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