The Co-op has been part of the fabric of our local community for 45 years. Local is a part of our DNA. Sourcing from our local community is good for our economy and good for our health.
As a cooperative business that is mutually owned by thousands of local people, our economy enjoys a special boost each time you shop. It’s called the “multiplier effect.” Every time a dollar is spent at a locally owned store like the Co-op, it gets respent in the community, rather than “leaking out” through purchases at stores with corporate headquarters elsewhere. In fact, every dollar spent at the Co-op creates at least three dollars for the local economy!
Because we’re community owned, we’re not going anywhere. There are no greener pastures. We know our business decisions affect the local community. We hire locally, generating 180 stable jobs with great benefits. Our employees receive continuing education through our home-grown Co-op U program and customer service training.
We give locally as well. Through our Community Grant program, we donated nearly $25,000 in small grants to local non profit organizations this year, and another $5000 in $25 gift cards to local schools and nonprofits.
On average, you can purchase products from over 250 local vendors. Especially now, our Produce department offers so many Rogue Valley grown fruits and veggies. Every day local vendors and growers back up their pickup trucks at our loading dock to deliver their pick of the day. From fresh produce and meat to locally roasted coffee and baked goods, local food is available every single day. When we say local, we mean local.
Great food, great service, and a unique shopping experience. That’s Ashland Food Co-op. Own it!