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MISSION

To invest locally by expanding food options, strengthening our economy, and building a cooperative community.

VISION

To create a vibrant, community owned cooperative market that will provide quality, healthy, and affordable food options for everyone in the Androscoggin Valley, while providing fair wages for employees and income for local farmers.

HISTORY

The idea for a food co-op in the Androscoggin Valley has been kicking around for many years now. The idea was born out of a few of your neighbors talking about the lack of available food choices locally and the difficulty in attracting a franchised market to the area. The more we talked, the more we liked the thought of being members of a cooperatively owned store that would employ local residents, purchase foods from local farmers and local producers, and give us a say in what products could be offered. The idea soon became a very exciting and attractive prospect. Several community conversations and an initial feasibility study showed there were enough interest and dollars to support a co-op in the area.
In late 2017 a steering committee was formed to see once and for all how far we could take the idea. After months of careful study, attending trainings and workshops, and learning from the top Food Co-op associations in the country, we see clearly what a cooperatively-owned grocery store would mean for our area and what needs to be done to establish a successful store. We incorporated in late 2018, and began an open membership drive in December, 2019. Now we just need you and other potential member-owners to join us in turning a well-planned idea into a reality.

WHO WE ARE

We are your friends and neighbors, over 270 households strong and growing, folks living in the Androscoggin Valley area who have come together to create a community-owned grocery store. It takes a lot of time and work to start a food co-op, and we’ve been working with other successful co-ops in New England and nationally to learn how to do it right. Our first task was determining whether a food co-op could be successful here, and after 2 positive preliminary studies by national experts, we know it can! With the participation of local member-owners – people just like you – the Androscoggin Food Co-op will be the first community-owned food cooperative in the Androscoggin Valley region.

Above are several of our earliest and most dedicated volunteers.
To stay informed or get involved with the Androscoggin Food Co-op, join our mailing list or contact us. View our corporate bylaws