The Co-op Model
Urban Recipe’s food co-ops for low income families provide a unique alternative to many traditional food-centered ministries. Under our model, each family we serve becomes a member of a 50 family food co-op that meets every other week and is convened completely by the members themselves. Because of the consistency and sense of ownership the model offers, our co-ops not only provide food security for those in need, but are a place where relationships are formed, dignity is affirmed and community is strengthened.
A Typical Day…
Members arrive at their appointed hour, check in with the treasurer and contribute a small programming fee. These funds are never used for food. They may be used for fuel or insurance for our delivery truck or for a special need that the co-op members vote to determine. Members then pitch in to unload the truck, set up the room, sort the food or simply visit with other food co-op members. A meeting is then held which the members control. The meetings typically include a devotional time, community announcements and at times, speakers. Then boxes are distributed and members leave until they gather again in two weeks.