Food co-ops and food buying groups are terms that are often used interchangeably to describe a food outlet that is run on a not-for-profit basis to give people access to good food at affordable prices.
They can include vegetable bag or box schemes, fruit and veg stalls, informal groups that purchase produce in bulk to get discounts or food assemblies. The term food co-op is often used to describe all of these but unless they have a formal membership structure they do not meet the accurate definition of a co-op.
Why set up a food co-op?
Good for you, good for your institution, good for your community.
Mentoring from Sustain
Free Resources to support you to set up and run a successful food co-op
Start up costs of up to £1000
The deadline for Round 5 is 23rd June 2017 and all applicants will be notified of their result by 31st July 2017.
Regional training events for successful applicants in all categories will take place on: