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Food Co Op Initiative

Food Co Op Initiative

Montgomery, MN 56069
Tax ID27-2252564

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About this organization







The Food Co-Op Initiative (FCI) was created with the primary goal of supporting and encouraging new food co-op development across the United States. To meet that goal, FCI plans to provide extensive learning tools, development guidelines, resource databases, personal consultation and training. FCI assists groups in both urban and rural areas to bring a source of healthy food, a stable business, and meaningful jobs to the citizens of the communities with which FCI assists


Food Co-Op Initiative helped plan and participate in the Consumer Cooperative Management Conference, co-hosted the Up and Coming Conference for Startup Food Co-Ops, co-hosted the Small & Strong Conference, planned and presented at the California Co-Op Conference, the Neighboring Food Co-Op Association and the Rural Grocery Initiative Summit. We provided consultations for startup organizers across the U.S., organized regional peer networks, developed new training publications and conducted on-site intensive training for several food co-ops. We began focused research on the viability of food co-ops in small rural communities and have compiled case studies and recommendations for food co-ops that seek to take over privately-owned stores when they would otherwise close. We provided support to over 105 active startup groups and fielded inquiries from over 90 communities considering food co-op development.

Interesting data from their 2020 990 filing

The filing sets forth the mission of the non-profit as “Food co-op initiative aims to increase the number, success and sustainability of new food cooperatives delivering access to healthy food in diverse communities across this country. it provides information, training and technical assistance, as well as seed capital, and engages in research to blaze, maintain and improve the development path for new food coops.”.

When detailing its responsibilities, they were listed as: “To build & maintain a support system that enables faster & more efficient start-up of new retail grocery co-ops across the county, resulting in new cooperative food stores successfully serving their communities.”.

  • The state in which the non-profit is legally permitted to operate is MN.
  • The address of the non-profit for 2020 according to the filing is 14314 FEATHERSTONE TRL, SAVAGE, MN, 553782270.
  • The number of employees reported by the non-profit on their form as of 2020 is 3.
  • Is not a private foundation.
  • Expenses are between $250,000 and $500,000.
  • Revenue is between $500,000 and $1,000,000+.
  • Revenue less expenses is $96,169.
  • The organization has 12 independent voting members.
  • The organization was formed in 2010.
  • The organization pays $307,699 in salary, compensation, and benefits to its employees.
  • The organization pays $43,580 in fundraising expenses.

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