This October, the Monadnock Food Co-op joins with over 40,000 co-ops and credit unions across the United States in celebrating Co-op Month, observed nationally since 1964. This year’s theme Co-operatives See the Future invites co-op members to work together to make the world a better place, now and for future generations.
A co-op is a business that is owned and democratically governed by its members to meet economic, social, and cultural needs. From farmer co-ops to worker co-ops and housing co-ops to energy co-ops, co-operative businesses thrive across the U.S. economy, where 1 in 3 people are members of at least one co-op or credit union. Nationwide, co-operatives create 2.1 million jobs and generate more than $650 billion in sales and other revenue annually. Because they are member-owned, co-ops are driven by the needs of the people who work there or use their products and services, rather than maximizing profit.
Our co-op plans to honor the month by highlighting cooperatively owned vendors, making a $300 donation to the Howard Bower Fund and honoring a cooperator of the year at our Annual Meeting on October 26 from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the Courtyard Marriot in Keene.
“From healthy food to organic agriculture, Fair Trade to building stronger local economies, good jobs to alternative energy, food co-ops have been pioneers, empowering people to work together to make the world a better place,” said Erbin Crowell, Executive Director of the Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA). “And as our co-ops look to the future, we are working to build a more fair, sustainable, and inclusive economy that works for everyone.”