Our Impact

What You Will Do By Joining, Investing, and Shopping at
Columbus Food Co-op

1. You will keep dollars in our economy

For every $100 you spend at the Coop Grocery, $68 will stay in the community. What happens when you spend that same $100 at a national chain? Only $43 stays in the community.

2. You will embrace what makes Columbus unique

Columbus is known for our architecture and being “different by design.” Our community-built Co-op will reflect the uniqueness of our city, our producers, and our agriculture in and around it.

3. You will help create local jobs

Local businesses are better at creating higher-paying jobs for our neighbors, and the Food Co-op will pay significantly higher than minimum wage. We are positioned to hire 20-25 employees in year 1 and increase to 45 by year 5.

4. You will help the environment

Buying from the Food Co-op conserves energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation, less packaging, and products that you know are safe and well made, because we stand behind them.   Co-op groceries carry up 10 times or more local products than chain groceries. We expect to sell $560,000 of local produce in year 1 and increase to $1,000,000 in year 5. Local growers & producers are excited to grow for the Co-op and expand their productions to meet increasing local demand.

5. You will nurture your community

We know you, and you know us. Studies have shown that local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the coop_betterfood.jpgrate of chains. Co-op Principle #7 is “Concern for Community.” Co-ops typically spend 13% of their income on local charities where conventional chains devote 4%.

6. You will conserve your tax dollars

Shopping in a local business means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money available to beautify our community.  Also, spending locally ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested where they belong—right here in your community!

7. You will help create the Co-op Grocery

As an owner/member you have a voice in all aspects of the Co-op Grocery. We will pick the items we sell based on what we know you like and want.  We will carry a wider array of unique products because we buy for our own individual market. 

8. You will take advantage of our expertise

You are our friends and neighbors, and we have a vested interest in knowing how to serve you. We’re passionate about what we do.  83% of Food Co-ops offer classes on healthy eating, nutrition, and anything else the membership wants. We’re committed to providing education resources and classes with other local experts to foster a healthier, happier community.

9. You will invest in entrepreneurship

Creativity and entrepreneurship are what the American economy is founded upon. Nurturing local business ensures a strong community.

10. You will make us a destination

The more interesting and unique we are as a community, the more we will attract new neighbors, visitors and guests. This benefits everyone! Communities with Co-ops demonstrate strong values and pride in the people and local growers and producers. 

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