2016 - A year to celebrate in Elk River Area Food Co-op History

2016 was a monumental year for the ERA Food Co-op.

Our membership doubled since 2015! We now have over 160 committed community members investing their time and money into creating a convenient store that provides a one-stop-shop for healthy food and products.

We were awarded our SECOND $10,000 grant from the Food Co-op Initiative. That proves they believe in what we are doing and want to see a physical store created in our area! One out of twelve start-up’s are chosen in the entire nation, and we’ve been chosen two years in a row – that’s pretty amazing.

Our board of directors grew! We added two new positions for a total of eight members. By doing so we have extra hands, more ideas, and added hours to dedicate toward making the co-op a reality.

In November we hired our first staff, Alyssa Johnson will be our 2016-2017 Marketing and Outreach Specialist. She will be working hard towards building awareness and education on the co-op.

We’ve consistently held monthly classes and will continue to fill our calendar with opportunities to learn about healthy living while meeting other like-minded individuals in your community.

What does 2017 have in store?

We are working hard on building our membership base and hope to double our membership once again. Our goal is to increase our visibility in the community and create more life-long connections with our neighbors and farmers. We plan on building up our member benefits by adding business partnerships, strengthening our local economy.