About the Co-Op

Our Mission & Vision

Phoenix Food Co-op will be a community-owned cooperative grocer that provides healthy, locally-produced, and accessible food, while also working to create a community space for all people to gather.

We’re a dedicated group of neighbors passionate about building a stronger connection to the food we eat and fostering kinship in our community. Our mission is to bring a food co-op to Phoenix. We aim to make the co-op as inclusive, accessible, and uplifting as we can.

 

Our Steering Committee

 

Domenico Nicosia


Domenico is an Arizona native who values the power of food to bring people together. He is passionate about reducing waste, being outdoors and watering his plants. His background is in marketing and journalism.

Ian O'Grady

Born and raised in the Valley, Ian's passion is bringing people together. His projects have worked to advance economic innovation and inclusion, environmental sustainability, and political representation. Ian currently works in community development.

Gabe Gardener

Gabe is passionate about food access and education. He strongly believes that the co-op brings equity to the food system while building community. Gabe's background as professional chef and culinary educator lend a unique perspective to the co-op. His current work helps bridge the gap between entrepreneurship, food access, and local food production.

Richard Starling

As head of the Arizona Cooperative Initiative and the Arizona Community Land Trust, I work on creating economic models that support both human interaction and a healthy and thriving planet. And, yes, I have a fondness for wild blueberries!

Our Progress So Far

All of our Core Group and Subcommittee meetings are public and minutes are published online after each meeting.

Read All Minutes on Notion by clicking here.

We have four committees:

Governance - Focused on Bylaw creation

Finance - Focused on building budgets for the co-op

Outreach and Inclusion - Focused on growing the network of volunteers, building membership, and setting accessibility goals throughout the co-op

Web/Buyers Club - Focused on operating the online store and preparing the Co-Op to sell food to the general public

Sign Up to Join a Committee

 

What is a co-op?

Cooperatives are people-centered enterprises owned, controlled, and run by and for their members to realize their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations. -International Co-operative Alliance

Unlike corporate chains, food co-ops are totally independent and owned by the community members who shop there. So instead of focusing on investors, food co-ops focus on their community.

Most co-ops (including us!) follow these seven principles:
1. Voluntary and open membership
2. Democratic member control
3. Member economic participation
4. Autonomy and independence
5. Education, training, and information
6. Cooperation among cooperatives
7. Concern for community

Learn more about cooperatives here.