Local volunteers have extended their campaign to reach Montavilla Food Co-op’s current membership goal: the MFC 500. They are reaching out to residents, visitors, and supporters of the Montavilla neighborhood to recruit approximately 30 more members, for a total of 500 members by January 31. If the Co-op reaches its goal, one lucky member will receive a wellness package worth over $100 from local businesses.
The Co-op has engaged a consultant from Cooperative Development Services, a non-profit organization that helps establish food co-ops across the United States. Their proven model includes three stages of development with member thresholds. The Co-op reached its first member threshold earlier this year, when it achieved 400 members–a sign of early success. Co-ops are expected to grow to 500 members during the next stage of feasibility.
The Montavilla Food Co-op seeks to establish a cooperative grocery store in the Montavilla neighborhood of east Portland. It is governed by an all-volunteer board of directors. Board meetings are open to the public. Volunteers have recruited 470 members as of January 7.
The Co-op is based on seven cooperative principles:
- Voluntary and open membership
- Democratic member control
- Members’ economic participation
- Autonomy and independence
- Education, training and information
- Cooperation among cooperatives
- Concern for community
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