Become a member-owner of the Manchester Food Co-op today!

The co-op needs YOU to help make everyday access to local, organic, fresh, fair-trade, non-GMO, and natural products possible in our neighborhood! By purchasing an equitable share of a sustainable, cooperatively operated local business, you're supporting our local farms and producers and strengthening our local economy. With your share, you have the opportunity to participate in the governance of our food co-op and engage with like-minded people to improve the quality of life right here in our community. 


VOLUNTEER FOR YOUR CO-OP

Penelopea can't spread the word about our mission all by herself! We need community support from folks like you who care about our food, our families, and our co-op! We have opportunities to help with our Capital Investment Campaign calls. We are calling each and every Member-Owner about the investment opportunities and can really use more help! Interested in getting involved? Email us! 


Sheep-herder (aka Volunteer Coordinator)

Do you believe in the power of a group of committed citizens to make change in the community and want to play an important part?

  • Schedule volunteers for Orientations and get them jazzed about the many ways to help their co-op!

  • Direct volunteers to the appropriate task force to be trained.  

Reach-out Champion (aka Outreach Champion)

Are you an extroverted person who always knows the latest happenings in our Region?  Are you involved in local community-focused organizations such as Rotary Clubs and networking groups?

  • Identify opportunities for the Co-op to spread the word at local organization meetings, festivities and networking events.

  • Use current database of volunteers to fill spots and recruit to build a larger team - so we can divide and conquer to increase our presence in our communities.  

Socialists (aka social media savants)

Is posting, tagging, sharing, tweeting, Instagraming part of your everyday wheelhouse?  Can you post Co-op content so we become a great social trend to follow during our Campaign?

  • Post content (which will be already written) to social media platforms during our capital campaign!

  • Share fun and exciting local “Co-op-y” content like member recipes, farm stories, and fun stuff your fellow committee members are up to.

Budding Spielberg (aka Video producer)

Do you love to capture passion through film and help to spread love (even just on your phone – we aren’t talking professional production here!)

  • Gather member testimonials stating why they invested in their MFC and why they believe in Co-ops!

  • If desired, use creative skills to film other pieces at Harvest Market and in community

Chatty Cathys & Carls (aka Campaign Callers)

Are you very comfortable and confident on the phone?  Would you be happy to most directly contribute to opening our doors….by bringing in the start-up $$$$ to do so?

  • Make calls to fellow Member-Owners to introduce them to the investment options (preferred shares and member loans) and see if they can invest.  

  • Create a sense of urgency and excitement in your communication, so Owners know their investment is the only way we can open doors at Harvest Market

  • Send follow-up email(s) to Member-Owners and note efforts on a team tracker (in an Excel format).

Web Gu-Ru (Website Manager)

Do you love SquareSpace? Are you good at WYSIWYG programming and can you work your way through google analytics?  Help us make our website perform better, make sure content gets uploaded quickly and in a location that our members can find it.

  • Add monthly meeting minutes to site

  • Post blogs (will already be written)

  • Share updates on the homepage

  • Update any news / press coverage

  • Grow our email list  

Data Scrubber

Scrub a dub dub - all the data’s in the tub. We have a slew of member owners without phone numbers. We need someone to help us find phone numbers so that we can call each and every member


Become a member-owner of the Manchester Food Co-op today!

The co-op needs YOU to help make everyday access to local, organic, fresh, fair-trade, non-GMO, and natural products possible in our neighborhood! By purchasing an equitable share of a sustainable, cooperatively operated local business, you're supporting our local farms and producers and strengthening our local economy. With your share, you have the opportunity to participate in the governance of our food co-op and engage with like-minded people to improve the quality of life right here in our community. 


MEMBER BENEFITS

A Member-Owner share is a one-time investment in the Co-op and costs $100 per family.

There is no annual fee! The Co-op is owned 100% by our community and exists for our community.

Benefits of Member-Ownership:

  • Be a Founding Owner in a cooperative business dedicated to our community, local agriculture and economy.
  • Directly help the Co-op open! It is our founding Member-Owners who help us secure our long-term lease for the Harvest Market site!
  • Receive special Owner-only discounts and sales once store opens
  • Receive discounts on most classes, educational events and bulk orders
  • Receive patronage refunds based on your annual purchases (when we’re in a financial position to do so, and at the discretion of the Board)
  • Participate in the governance of your Co-op by serving on the Board
  • Vote for the Board of Directors and bylaw changes
  • Engage with like-minded people to improve our community’s quality of life
  • Know that you have helped make local, organic, fair trade, natural, REAL food more accessible and convenient to our community!

Testimonials from our Member-Owners

We believe in our investment in the Manchester Food Co-op. We feel it is both our privilege and responsibility to also support our local farmers, their farms, and the variety of foods they offer. The co-operative keeps our investment local helping to sustain the local economy which, in turn, benefits all of us as residents of the community. Personally, we would rather know the people who grow/make our food, whether it is locally-made artisan breads or zucchini by the dozen! There are a wealth of products made right here in NH and in New England, and it is up to us, when we can, to have those products right in our own homes ~ without having ordered them online. We truly believe this is an excellent investment for the future of farms, local businesses, and the community’s members - both young and old, and everyone in between!
— Tom & Kate Wilson, MFC Investor and Member-Owner #1186, Amherst
The Manchester Food Co-op is a great community resource. I’ve supported the Co-op from the beginning because I see the value in an organization that is owned by the people for the people. The Co-op fills a need for access to local, healthy foods and products in Greater Manchester. Investing in the Co-op now ensures that our hard work in supporting local agriculture, community and economy will be enjoyed for generations to come.
— Kate Morneau, Former MFC Board President, MFC Member-Owner #2, Manchester
In 2010, my passion kicked-in and I worked relentlessly to build the necessary foundations to replicate a food co-op similar to the ones that are flourishing throughout the US (close to 500) and worldwide. I and other founding board members were uncertain if this was possible in a food co-op desert (none in Southern NH). I applied for a grant to fund the study which proved that the venture was possible. Six years passed and the co-op is now at the point where a growing segment of like-minded people would have the opportunity to commit themselves and additional resources toward the final stretch of the project. In six months the founding member-owners can fall in love with their very own food co-op, just like I did in Brooklyn so long ago.
— Veronica Kamerman, Founding MFC Board President, MFC Member-Owner #11, Londonderry
Healthy, growing communities are all about supporting small businesses. Suppliers to our food coop certainly for the most part fit in that category. Supporting small business in this fashion is just plain healthy and helpful for all in Greater Manchester. For those two principal reasons; good personal health and support of Small Local Business, we have chosen to support our local food coop.
— Jeff Rapson, Realtor, Entrepreneur & Score Counselor/Mentor, MFC Member-Owner #1107, Manchester
It started small, but to see it today is incredible! That’s the power of a “cooperative” - people with a like-cause working together. The vision to bring “farm to table” food items and natural, healthy products to the Greater Manchester community is getting ever-so-much closer! As a member-owner (#800 – whoo hoo!) of the Manchester Food Co-op, I’m so excited to be supporting our local farms, community and ultimately, the economy of this area. Such a small investment for such a great return!
— Eveleen Barcomb, MFC Member-Owner #800, Goffstown

board of directors meeting minutes

 

March 2016
February 2016
January 2016