A cooperative is based on a group of people coming together to meet a need. In this case, a group of people have come together with the goal of educating our community about the benefits of fresh, natural and local foods. By opening a storefront grocery store to an area that does not currently have access to fresh and healthy food , we believe we will bring new awareness of these options. All people in the community will have the opportunity to participate in classes on health and food, and to shop for their daily groceries at Pogue’s Run Grocer.
The basis of a cooperative is a common goal — in this case, access to healthy food. To be successful, we require the commitment of many people in our community to support our efforts by becoming members and shopping at the store for daily food needs. In fact, it is estimated that a Co-op in a city the size of Indianapolis, 500 active member households and another 1,000 people shopping at the store regularly are needed to make it a financially viable not-for-profit business.
No, there is no requirement of volunteering with a membership. We do hope to offer opportunities to volunteer and participate in aspects of the store, but basic operations will be undertaken by paid staff.
No, membership is not required to shop at Pogue’s Run Grocer. Anyone may shop at the store. However, only members may take advantage of certain discounts, voting rights and eligibility for a board position.
The focus of the store is to support local, fresh, organic and affordable products to the largest degree possible and available. These products include produce, dairy products, meat and poultry, fresh and frozen items, bulk goods, baked goods, personal care products and more. Conventional and/or name brand products may also be available. We also offer prepared foods, coffee and baked goods at our deli. All the products are intended to support a healthier way of life for those who shop at our store.
Yes. Whether you are a business that wants to shop at the Co-op (such as a restaurant), supply products to the Co-op, or just want to join under your business name, membership and benefits are the same for all, individuals, businesses or organizations.
Providing healthy food to low-income families is an important part of the Indy Food Coop mission. We are accepting the membership dues in installments as an option. In addition, membership is not required in order to shop at the store, but is required to take advantage of the best prices on products. The goal of the organization will be to eventually be able to provide a scholarship fund to assist with the cost of membership, to accept food stamps, and to otherwise find ways to serve the grocery needs of the community at large, no matter what the income level.