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CCMA: With Access for All, 6.16.12


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Thirty New England food co-ops are collaborating to make wholesome, nutritious food more accessible to all community members. This workshop explores the barriers to healthy food access and the capacity of food co-ops to address these barriers and increase access to healthy food for individuals/families with limited food budgets. Learn about the “Food Co-ops and Healthy Food Access” project, its goals and challenges, and specific stories of programs that co-ops have created to make their food more accessible.

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CCMA: With Access for All, 6.16.12

  1. 1. With Access for All:Reducing Co-op Barriers Betsy Black & Bonnie Hudspeth CCMA Conference // June 16, 2012 1
  2. 2. Overview• Introductions: CFNE & NFCA• Context• Process & Outcomes• Framework: 5 Barriers to Access• Case Studies: 4 NE Food Co-ops• What’s Next?• Co-operation among Co-ops• Questions? 2
  3. 3. • Mission: Advance co-ops & democratically managed enterprises, w/ preference to those serving low income communities – lending, taking investments, regional pool of resources.• Started by food co-ops – mid-80s• Non-profit CDFI – US Dep’t Treasury designation – mission based lending institution 3
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  5. 5. Thriving Vision Regional Economy Focus Collaboration Healthy, Just & Areas among Sustainable Food Co-ops System NetworkStrategy Partnerships 5
  6. 6. VERMONT NEW HAMPSHIRE• Brattleboro Food Co-op, Brattleboro • Co-op Food Store, Hanover• Buffalo Mountain Food Co-op, Hardwick • Co-op Food Store, Lebanon• City Market / Onion River Co-op, Burlington • Great River Co-op, Walpole• Co-op Food Store, White River Junction • Littleton Food Co-op, Littleton• Hunger Mountain Food Co-op, Montpelier • Manchester Food Co-op, Manchester• Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, Middlebury • Monadnock Community Market, Keene• Plainfield Food Co-op, Plainfield• Putney Food Co-op, Putney MASSACHUSETTS• Rutland Area Food Co-op, Rutland • Berkshire Co-op Market, Great Barrington• South Royalton Food Co-op, South Royalton • Dorchester Community Co-op, Dorchester• Springfield Food Co-op, Springfield • Green Fields Co-op Market, Greenfield• Stone Valley Community Market, Poultney • Leverett Village Co-op, Leverett• Upper Valley Food Co-op, White River Jct. • McCuskers Co-op Market, Shelburne Falls • Merrimack Valley Food Co-op, LawrenceCONNECTICUT • Old Creamery Co-op, Cummington• Elm City Co-op Market, New Haven • River Valley Co-op Market, Northampton• Fiddleheads Food Co-op, New London • Wild Oats Co-op Market, Williamstown• Willimantic Food Co-op, Willimantic RHODE ISLAND • Urban Greens Food Co-op, Providence 6
  7. 7. Our Shared Impact• A Co-op of 20 food co-ops and 10 start-up projects• 90,000 individual members• 1,400 employees (2010) – 1,200 in 2007 – VT members among top 25 employers in the state• Paid $28.6 million in wages… – Average wage was 18% higher than the average for food and beverage industry in same states.• $200 million revenue (2010) – $161 million in 2007• $33 million in local purchases (2007) 7
  8. 8. CFNE Impact• Lend to co-ops, non-profits and other democratically owned enterprises• Loaned $26 million• 99.2% repayment rate• 100% repayment rate to investors• Created/saved 7,600 jobs and 4,300 housing units 8
  9. 9. Our Context: NE Demographics• In the US, 23.5 million Americans (including 6.5 million children) live in areas with limited access to affordable and nutritious food• NE is doing pretty well around healthy food access, but there is still a big need• Poverty in NE: “It’s a Suburban Thing”• A majority of our members food co-ops are not in densely-populated cities 9
  10. 10. The Birth & Growth of the Co-op Movement • Rochdale Pioneers • All about healthy food access • New wave of co-ops opening: What can they learn re: access? 10
  11. 11. Co-ops & Resilience• Democratic ownership & control• Focus on meeting needs before profit• Develop local skills & assets• Ability to assemble limited resources• Difficult to move or buy-out• Separate community wealth from markets• Mobilize stakeholder loyalty------------------------------------------------------------------= Leaders in HEALTHY FOOD ACCESS 11
  12. 12. Co-ops in New England• 1,400 co-ops across industries (Food Co-ops, Farmer Co-ops, Credit Unions, Worker Co-ops, Energy Co-ops, Artisan Co-ops, etc.)• 5 million memberships• Employ 22,000 people 12
  13. 13. Food Co-ops & Healthy Food AccessProcess: • Surveys • InterviewsOutcomes: • Framework • Case Studies 13
  14. 14. Framework: Removing 5 Barriers to Access1. Collaboration with partner/community organizations2. Education of individuals3. Product Affordability4. Accessible Ownership5. Infrastructure 14
  15. 15. 1. Collaboration: Partner & Community Organizations• Co-op reaches out to marginalized individuals and communities through community organizations• Co-op offers concrete information & incentives for partner organizations to promote the co-op to their members/clients a) Vouchers distributed through partner agencies: Berkshire Co-op b) Promote healthy eating with health care providers: Littleton Co-op 15
  16. 16. 2. Education of Individuals• Co-op Tour: Berkshire Co-op Partner agency promotes tours and helps identify client/members who would most likely be interested• Courses: Shopping in the co-op on a budget and in-store cooking classes: Littleton Food Co-op• Afterschool classes for children: Putney Food Co-op 16
  17. 17. 3. Product AffordabilityFood For All Program • City Market/Onion River Co-op • 10% discount for shoppers using WIC/SNAPCo-op Basics Program • Franklin Community Co-op • Lower margins on “basic” foods; signage 17
  18. 18. 4. Accessible OwnershipAffordable path to buying a member share 18
  19. 19. 5. Infrastructure• Dedicated staff time for access programs• POS systems capable of tracking data• Service for non-English speakers• Transportation to and from the co-op• Mobile Markets: Workshop @ 3:45pm 19
  20. 20. Case Studies: 4 NE Food Co-ops1. City Market --Food for All2. Franklin Community Co-op --Co-op Basics3. Berkshire Co-op: --Community Card Program4. Putney Co-op: --Marketing, Education & Outreach 20
  21. 21. What’s Next?1. Toolbox2. Technical Assistance3. Partnering for success 21
  22. 22. Co-operation among Co-ops• Has your co-op developed any healthy food access programs you want to share?• What are the challenges and successes your co-op has had around healthy food access?• How can co-ops collaborate with each other to make this work more successful? 22
  23. 23. Questions? 23
  24. 24. Contact UsBetsy Black, Loan and Outreach OfficerCooperative Fund of New // www.coopfund.coopBonnie Hudspeth, Outreach CoordinatorNeighboring Food Co-op // 24