Arroyo Food Cooperative
The Arroyo Food Cooperative is a group of people working to open a cooperative grocery store in or near Altadena, CA. We incorporated as a California Consumer Cooperative Corporation in October 2009.
With a consumer grocery cooperative store, we can offer more organic products than conventional stores. Compared to the large health food stores, we'll buy in smaller quantities so we can develop relationships with local sources and offer a greater variety of fresh products from nearby. We can devote more attention to improving our sustainable offerings since this will be a big part of our mission.
Our small grocery store can offer wholesome bulk items, fresh produce, and everyday staples at reasonable prices. Convenience foods, made with sustainable and seasonal local organic ingredients, will also be available. Everyone will be welcome to shop there.
Our food co-op will act as a learning center for sustainable living - a way to connect to others in our area that are looking for new ways to live a more green lifestyle. Buying from a co-op can be the best way to vote for a better world with our grocery dollars. With a community room we can hold classes, meetings and social events. With a kitchen we can offer honest and satisfying convenience foods. Moreover, we hope to offer produce grown in the neighborhood. All this will also give a few of our neighbors decent jobs.
Since members own the cooperative, they will have a voice in what products are carried and what policies are implemented. Every member will be entitled to vote to elect the board of directors, or even run for office themself!