Star News: Elk River Food Co-op Seeks to Grow Its Volunteer Base (2018)

Elk River Area Food Co-op Star News

Elk River Food Co-op Seeks to Grow Its Volunteer Base

Mar 8, 2018
by Joni Astrup
Associate Editor

Original Story

The Elk River Area Food Co-op will host a volunteer recruitment event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24.

The event will be held at the Elk River Library, 13020 Orono Parkway.

“We are growing so much, we need extra help,” said Alyssa Johnson, the co-op’s marketing and outreach coordinator.

There are openings on four new committees: membership, finance, education and operations, and there will soon be an opening on the co-op’s board of directors.

Volunteers are also needed to staff a co-op booth at the Elk River farmers market and to help at other co-op summer events. General volunteer help is needed as well.

Johnson said the volunteer recruitment event will include an explanation of the co-op’s mission and vision and a chance for people to get their questions about the co-op answered. Snacks and beverages will be served, some of which are being donated by the co-op’s partners.

The co-op has 17 local partners offering products such as honey, free-range eggs, grass-fed beef, micro greens, therapeutic massage and handmade soap. All of the partners give discounts to Elk River Area Food Co-op members.

The Elk River Area Food Co-op is a start-up, member-owned, community grocery store dedicated to providing access to high quality, local, natural and organic food at a fair price, supporting local farmers, and contributing economically to the community.

The co-op’s membership has grown to 320. Johnson said the goal is to have 600 members to begin looking at locations for a retail store.

For more information, go to People interested in becoming a co-op volunteer are encouraged to fill out an application online, though it is not required.

To reach the co-op, email