It’s not just food.
It’s community.
447 Member-Owners and Counting!

Together, we are building a new co-operative market in Downtown Schenectady that will provide conventional staple grocery items along with local, organic and sustainably produced natural foods. Our cooperative will accept SNAP and Double Up Food Bucks. Become a Member-Owner today to help us open a Downtown Grocery in 2023 - by the people, for the people!
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Creating a solution to address Downtown Schenectady as a Healthy Food Priority Area is a collaborative regional initiative, and we are laser-focused on supporting local and regional economic growth.

Electric City Food Co-op has been working since 2013 to bring a new cooperative market to Downtown Schenectady featuring local, organic, and sustainably produced natural foods. Creating a local food revolution that supports the local and regional economy, farmers, and families requires your support and membership:

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Why a Co-Op?

Across the nation and around the world, co-operative food markets are changing how food is getting from farms to tables. These grocery stores are small-scale, owner-operated, democratically run purveyors of locally grown food from small-scale producers.

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We are a true community, owned by the same people who live and work here in Downtown Schenectady and the Capital Region. When we open, member-owners will benefit from:

  • A diverse community that cares about local, healthy food
  • Expanded awareness of health and nutritional information and programs
  • Opportunities to share and absorb knowledge cooperatively
  • Participate in Co-op governance — vote in annual elections, run for the Board of Directors, or join a Committee or Sub-Committee.
  • Special discounts from vendors passed down to members
  • Patronage refunds based on usage
  • Discounts on co-op classes and events

Please support our mission – “to cultivate the health, self-sufficiency, and sustainability of our community”

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Co-op Facts

  • Co-ops support many more local farms and producers
  • Multiplier effects (positive community impact) higher than conventional grocers
  • Co-ops create jobs, directly and indirectly
  • Every dollar goes back to the community and helps it grow
  • Co-ops support consumers’ desire to be selective with where their money goes
  • Member-owners get a voice
  • Our food is not just healthy, it’s healthy and affordable
  • Co-ops have a built-in commitment to reduce income inequality
  • Co-ops donate more food to local pantries

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