Co-op Month – Build Back for Impact

This October, the Monadnock Food Co-op will join over 65,000 cooperatives and credit unions across the United States in celebrating Co-op Month observed nationally since 1964. National Cooperative Business Association chose this year’s theme, Build Back for Impact, to promote how co-ops and their members are working together to build stronger, more inclusive, and resilient communities in the wake of the pandemic.

Locally, Mayor George Hansel proclaimed October as Co-op Month in Keene, NH, during a City Council Meeting on October 7, 2021, at 7 p.m.

Monadnock Food Co-op plans to honor this month by:

  • Highlighting cooperatively owned vendors at our store and online.
  • Donating $500 to the Cooperative Development Foundation’s Cooperative Education Fund to support cooperative research and education programs.
  • Offering a Round It Up Drive for the Monadnock Cooperative Community Fund, managed by the Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation. This foundation pools contributions from over 40 cooperative funds to support cooperative development throughout the United States, including co-ops in New Hampshire through the NH Community Loan Fund.
  • Honoring the 2021 Co-operator of the Year at our Annual Meeting on October 16.

Across the Northeast, people have used food co-ops to improve access to healthy, local, affordable food and build stronger, more inclusive communities. Most of these grocery stores started during times of social and economic change, enabling people to access healthy food, support local producers, and provide good jobs. Today, the Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA) includes 40 food co-ops and start-ups, locally owned by more than 164,000 members while employing over 2,460 people. Together, these co-ops generate a shared annual revenue of over $382 million, with local products representing nearly a third of total sales.

“Despite the challenges of the past year, food co-ops across our region continued to grow in 2020, sustaining local producers, providing good jobs, and working to keep shoppers healthy and safe during the pandemic,” said NFCA Executive Director Erbin Crowell. “And as we look forward, our co-ops are building on this foundation to build more resilient communities, a more sustainable food system, and a more inclusive economy that works for everyone.”

To find food co-ops all over the Northeast and for more examples of how co-ops are building back for impact, please visit nfca.coop.

Other cooperatives in the region include View Point Cooperative, a resident-owned manufactured home community in Swanzey, Cheshire Country Federal Credit Union in Keene, and Great River Food Co-op in Walpole.