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Community Spotlight: People's Food Co-op


C2BE congratulates the Detroit People’s Food Co-op (DPFC) for receiving this year’s Bill Gessner Startup Food Co-op Award. The annual award comes with a $2,000 donation and recognizes excellence in startup co-op development. The reviewers were particularly impressed by how DPFC has embraced and worked diligently to implement the

Four Cornerstones in Three Stages of Cooperative Development Model.


The award is administered by the Food Co-op Initiative which seeks to increase the number, success, and sustainability of new food cooperatives delivering access to healthy food in diverse communities.


The Detroit People’s Food Co-op is an African American led, community-owned grocery cooperative. The co-op’s purpose is to provide improved access to healthy food and food education to Detroit residents. Meeting the needs of the community is achieved through the democratic control of the co-op by its member-owners. DPFC is a membership-based cooperative and currently has 1469 members with a goal of reaching 2,000 members. For just $200, in full or 20 monthly installments, you can become a member-owner of the food co-op!

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