4. Autonomy and Independence
Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If the co-op enters into agreements with other organizations or raises capital from external sources, it is done so based on terms that ensure democratic control by the members and maintains the cooperative’s autonomy.
5. Education, Training and Information
Cooperatives provide education and training for members, elected representatives, managers and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperative. Members also inform the general public about the nature and benefits of cooperatives.
Open to the public from 8am – 10p daily!
Interim GM Brittany Baird and Board member Julie Holman attend the 2016 Veggie Fest
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Invest as an owner-member today. Help make our store a success!
The New Orleans Food Co-op is a consumer owned cooperative. A Member-Owner is more than a consumer! You own it! Member-Ownership is an investment in the cooperative system, local farms and businesses, and sustainable production methods. As a democratic organization, each owner invests one share and receives one vote. Unlike publicly traded corporations that allocate more voting power to larger investors, co-ops equalize the playing field by allowing one share and one vote per Member-Owner. Everyone is welcome! Your investment is vital to ensuring your co-op’s success and makes you a member-owner of the NOFC!
- Part ownership of the NOFC
- Special owners-only sale items
- A vote in Board member elections and on special issues
- Eligibility to serve as a Board member
- Our patronage refund program
- Discounts from other supporting businesses
- Eligibility for our “Hands-On-Owner”program
- Access to our benefits for member-owners living on a limited income