WHAT'S A FOOD CO-OP?

Real freedom.

We are a Member-owned grocer. Membership is open to any resident of California. Democracy governs the co-op, one Member, one vote. Members sustain the business with their equity and patronage of it, and enjoy material benefits of ownership. We think this old-fashioned model of local independence is the most effective way to build strong, vibrant communities. Our Principles.

“A co-op store will not happen without Members. All things are possible with your cooperation. Nothing is posssible without it.” Sue Struthers, Treasurer

Real roots.

Cooperative business means community health and empowerment. We are the place at the table. For the public, quality local foods and service; for Members, a grocer with the benefits of independent and industrious self-ownership. Our Annual Members Report 2015-16 | Annual Members Report 2016-17.

We champion local farms and our fellow independent businesses. Despite an agricultural heritage and 4,600 acres of protected Green Belt, Riverside has vast untapped riches. It’s no surprise. Across the nation, of all the food Americans consume only one percent we buy is from local sources. We offer Riverside a dedicated avenue for the local food market. Our Programs.

Real connection.

Food matters. It connects to the bigger picture of wholeness and health. The Riverside Food Co-op's goal is not to paint a self-portrait, but a landscape. We’re active in slowing the loss of farmland, boosting environmental intelligence, and flexing social strength. Our Events.

Real food.

Riverside bursts with fresh flavors to share. Our strength is seasonal produce picked for ripeness, not storage and preservatives or travel and pollutants that come with global “food miles.” Meet the farmers. Ask them about their farms, their purpose, their practices. Our Growers.

Quick Stats Of Our Progress

“Healthful local food for a stronger Riverside.” Our 2015-2016 financial statement shows our commitment to local business and healthy Riverside communities. We expanded the scope of our enterprise while stabilizing the RFC’s core independent operation. Our challenge is to invest in ways that mutually strengthen our programs, our supply chain, and our support network. We grow the roots to grow the fruits.

RETURNED TO THE LOCAL ECONOMY:

$31,336

PERCENT PURCHASED WITHIN 25 MILES OF DOWNTOWN:

98%

PERCENT PURCHASED WITHIN 5 MILES OF DOWNTOWN:

51%

Spread the word! Make a cooperative grocery store, stocked with healthy food, grown locally, and supporting Riverside’s economy part of our future.