How to join or start a food co-op in your community

How to join or start a food co-op in your community

How to join or start a food co-op in your community 1920 1210 Isabelle O'Carroll

Co-operation Town in Kentish Town is a network of community-led food co-ops that run different groups around Camden. 

What is a food co-op?
A food co-operative (not to be confused with a food bank) is a way to distribute high-quality food at affordable prices. They can operate as a store or out of community centres, places of worship, school halls and more. 

Where does the food come from?
The food can come from a range of suppliers, from bulk purchasing, supermarket surplus and direct from the producer. 

Take a look at this video featuring one of the Co-operation Town organisers Shiri Shalmy, and resident Angela Tebe to find out more.

“The combination of surplus food and food bought in bulk reduces household food costs by 40%

Shiri Shalmy, Co-operation Town

Join a local food co-op – or start your own!

Just email Cooperation Town at info@cooperation.town and they will put you in touch with a Cooperation Town co-op near you.

If you want to set up your own food co-op, Co-operation Town have also created a handy booklet which explains how to get started. Read it online or download the PDF to get started.

Photo credits: Aaron Doucett

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