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The Co-op Model

Urban Recipe’s food co-ops for low income families provide a unique alternative to many traditional food-centered ministries. Under our model, each family we serve becomes a member of a 50 family food co-op that meets every other week and is convened completely by the members themselves. Because of the consistency and sense of ownership the model offers, our co-ops not only provide food security for those in need, but are a place where relationships are formed, dignity is affirmed and community is strengthened.

How It Works

Members arrive at the appointed hour, check in with the secretary and treasurer and each contribute $4.00. These funds help cover overall programming costs and create a true a sense of ownership for members. After checking in, each member assists wherever able and needed. Tasks include unloading the delivery truck, sorting and organizing the food into categories, portioning out bulk items, and distributing food into boxes each member will take home at meeting’s end. Once all the day’s food and goods are loaded into the boxes, a business meeting is held. Led by the co-op’s president and steering committee members (the elected leadership of the co-op), the meeting typically includes a devotional time, community announcements and on occasion an educational portion. In the past, co-ops have hosted guest speakers from the Morehouse School of Medicine, the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation and many more. When the business meeting concludes, food boxes are distributed and members disperse until gathering again in two weeks. Each 50 family co-op meets 25 times over the course of a calendar year.

Training Available:

When: November 14th, 2017

Where: Urban Recipe, 645 Grant St., SE Atlanta, GA 30312

Schedule: 9:30 a.m. register and introductions; attend the food co-op in operation that day, regather and begin to go over training material, lunch, continue training material, followed by Q&A. We expect to be done no later than 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $200 for the first person, $50 for any other persons from the same organization. There is also a $50 cost per person to cover materials.

To Register: Please call Spanga Gwabeni at 404-688-0871 or email Chad Hale at chadhale@urbanrecipe.org ahead of time. We will ask you to send half of the registration fee to us at the address listed above no later than two weeks ahead of time.

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