What's a Co-op?

 

A cooperative, or co-op, is a democratic association of people who produce, distribute, or supply goods or services for their mutual benefit. 
Flatbush Food Co-op is a consumer cooperative, which means we are owned by our member-owners.

As a co-op, FFC shares a set of guiding principles including "cooperation among cooperatives" and "concern for community," and maintains a triple bottom line: people, planet, and profit.

People refers to our commitment to fair wages and employee benefits, our advocacy for fair trade and local producers, and our support of organizations aligned with our mission. Last year we donated over $54,000 to local and national arts, educational, environmental, food justice, and cooperative non-profits.

Planet describes our support of sustainable environmental practices including managing energy consumption, reducing, recycling or composting waste, providing support for local gardening and recycling initiatives, and selling products from ecologically-responsible producers.

Profit: In profitable years we may share profits with Member-owners in the form of patronage dividends. Since 2015 we've given back over 1.2 million dollars to Member-owners!

A cooperative is a different kind of business, because it’s one YOU can own.

We answer to our Member-owners, who each have one vote, not investors who buy and sell shares for profit.

We invest in our community, not the stock market. We bank local, we buy local, and we provide quality employment to our neighborhood.