The Detroit People’s Food Co-Op (DPFC) stands by a mission to meet the needs of the Detroit community. How? Through the democratic control of the co-op by its member/owners. That’s right – you can do your share of lending a hand to the community by becoming part owner of the Detroit People’s Food Co-Op and help provide improved access to healthy food and food education to Detroit residents.
Setting the standard for a new food system in Detroit, the Co-op will stand in Detroit’s historic North End and will have a unique model, serving an urban, predominately African American, low and moderate-income community. Leading the formation of the Co-op is Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN), with a goal for the Co-op to become a full-service grocery store, open to the general public by Summer of 2021.
The project is purpose driven, with the ultimate goal being to fearlessly serve citizens of the Detroit community by providing a greater access to healthy foods and educating Detroiters about nutrition and sustainability. The Co-op will also prioritize buying from local growers, producers and service providers to keep their money here in Detroit as well as provide access to goods and services that will serve as a wide variety of dietary needs to be welcoming to every member of the community.
Striving to gain support and momentum from individuals as opening nears, anyone in Michigan over the age of 21 can become a member/owner of the Co-op. The importance of member/owners added to the DPFC family roots down the overall development of the project, ensuring the integrity of the project is in place, the values are sustained and the Co-op opens in a timely manner. Applications can be completed via the Detroit People’s Food Co-Op website, where new members can opt to pay $200 upfront or select a payment plan of 10 monthly payments of $20.00.
The Co-op recently hit a milestone number of 1,000 members/owners, after seeing a surge during the pandemic and the Black Lives Matters movements exponentially growing throughout the county.
Upon opening, the community-owned grocer plans to create 20 jobs for community residents, further supporting the local community and economy and will be located at 8324 Woodward Avenue at Euclid.
To learn more about Detroit People’s Food Co-Op, visit the website by clicking here.