Food Co-op

A Food Co-operative is run in Gwernymynydd by volunteers.  Bags are ordered and collected every Thursday from either the Village Centre 9.15am to 10am or the Swan Inn (open after 5pm).  Details of how Food Coperatives work are shown below.  For a comparison of typical Food Co-op prices and the major supermarkets click here

These notes were prepared for the launch meeting of the Vegetable Co-op that has been successfully run in Frith since January 2010. (Thank you to Ffrith Community Centre for making them available.)

Successful veg co-ops already run throughout Wales. Here are a few facts about them:

  • Veg co-ops are supported by the Welsh Assembly Government, via the Rural Regeneration Unit
  • The are non-profit making
  • They encourage healthy eating
  • They support local growers
  • They can act as a focal point for rural communities
  • The veg is inexpensive and of good quality (£2, £4 and £6 bags of basic veg plus seasonal extras)
  • Fruit and salad bags are also available
  • Smaller bags can be bought
  • Customers order and pay a week in advance
  • Anyone can order veg - they can be from outside the community.
  • Volunteers collate orders and phone the order to the supplier
  • Supplier delivers in bulk
  • Volunteers weigh and bag up veg for orders
  • Volunteer set up "shop" for customers to collect veg and place orders for next week. Tea/coffee etc can be provided.
  • At least 4 volunteers are required who are able to help for a couple of hours a week on a regular basis (a rota could be set up)

The Food Co-op is now up and running in Gwernymynydd. 

Examples of the contents of the £2, £4 and £6 bags are shown in the picture below: (£2 on left, £4 in middle, £6 on right).



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