Urban Recipe Food Co-ops

Urban Recipe Food Co-ops for low-income families provide a unique alternative to many traditional food-centered programs. Each individual or family becomes a member of a Co-op of up to 50 families that meets every two weeks. Members volunteer their time and energy to do the lion’s share of what’s necessary to unload, sort, organize and distribute an average of 3,000 pounds of food equitably and according to family size. Urban Recipe Co-ops create food security as well as providing a place where relationships and community are built and the dignity of everyone involved is affirmed.

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How It Works

Members arrive at the appointed hour, check in with the secretary and treasurer and each contribute up to $4.00. These funds help cover overall programming costs but are never used to help purchase or deliver the food. After checking in, each member assists wherever able, whether by helping unload the delivery truck, sorting and organizing food, portioning out bulk items, or distributing food into boxes each member will take home.

Once all the day’s food and goods are loaded into boxes, a business meeting is held. Led by the Co-op steering committee and elected officers, the meeting typically includes a devotional time, community announcements and on occasion a guest speaker. Co-ops have hosted speakers from the Morehouse School of Medicine, the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation and many more and have also held cooking and exercise classes. When the business meeting concludes, food boxes are distributed and members disperse until gathering again in two weeks. Each 50 family co-op meets 26 times over the course of the calendar year.

Come See a Co-op In Action

We host visitors all the time and we would love to host you! Click on the button below and sign up to visit an upcoming co-op meeting.

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