Dorchester Community Food Co-op

Building a Healthy, Sustainable & Economically Viable Community

What’s a Co-op?

A co-op is a member owned, member controlled business that operates for the mutual benefit of all members and according to common principles established for cooperatives:
  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
  8. Environmental responsibility


How Does It Work?

  • Households make a small investment of $100 to become member-owners of the Dorchester Community Food Co-op. (this membership equity is a one-time purchase, and can be paid over time)
  • Every member has one vote.
  • Every member can run for the Board of Directors.
  • The store will be open for all to shop.


To learn more about Food Co-ops, visit the The Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA) website. NFCA is a co-operative network of 35 food co-ops and start-up initiatives across New England that are working together toward a shared vision of a thriving co-operative economy, rooted in a healthy, just and sustainable food system and a vibrant community of co-operative enterprise.   

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