About the Oshkosh Food Co-op
The Oshkosh Food Co-op is a member-owned, full-service grocery store in the heart of Oshkosh. The Oshkosh Food Co-op is located in the Brio Building, on the first level, at the corner of Jackson Street and Pearl Avenue.
We are Northeast Wisconsin's First Food Co-op
Oshkosh Food Co-op is a member-owned, full-service grocery store in Oshkosh’s central city. Our mission is to provide a thriving, member-owned, full-service grocery store in the heart of the city.
What kinds of products can you find at the Co-op?
Oshkosh Food Co-op offers organic goods and affordable staples, with an emphasis on locally grown and produced products. Among the products you will find on the shelves:
- Fresh Produce
- Meat and Fish
- Wisconsin's Best Dairy
- Grab 'n Go Deli Items
- Beer and Wine
- Household Goods
- Health & Wellness Items
- And, More!
Our Mission, Vision, Ends, and Belonging
The Oshkosh Food Co-op exists to strengthen the local economy, promote health and build community.
To enact this vision, the mission of the Oshkosh Food Co-op is to provide a thriving, member-owned, full-service grocery store in the heart of the city.
To these ends, we operate with the following values:
- Create demand for and investment in a thriving and sustainable local food economy within 100 miles of Oshkosh.
- Improve neighborhood and community health within the USDA defined “food desert” in the city of Oshkosh.
- Build a co-op community that is diverse, welcoming and equitable to promote overall well-being within the greater Oshkosh community.
Community: We are rooted in our community; owned by our community; and we reinvest in our community.
Sustainability: We consider the impact of our decisions on today and tomorrow.
Accountability: We are accountable to each other, our producers, and our cooperative community.
Courage: We commit to creating, producing, and living boldly.
The Oshkosh Food Co-op aspires to be a place where all people feel a sense of belonging – honoring each person’s race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, religion, ability, economic status, and lived experience. Therefore, the Oshkosh Food Co-op commits to initiate and support actions that are anti-racist, justice-oriented, and developed through co-creation.
Oshkosh Food Co-op Governing Documents
What is a food co-op?
A co-op is a cooperative, member-owned business. A food co-op offers many products like any other grocery store, and is owned by the people who purchase member shares.
Both members and non-members can shop at the Co-op. Because the Co-op is owned by the people who share your interests and values, the Co-op can source food locally and emphasize natural and organic food.
7 Cooperative Principles
Like all cooperatives, the Oshkosh Food Co-op will operate using seven internationally recognized principles to guide them. These are:
By adhering to these principles, we stay connected to our member-owners, to our community, and to the global cooperative movement.
What's the difference between a grocery store and a food co-op?
A cooperative is a community, member-owned and member-controlled business with the goal of meeting the members' needs that (in this case, great local food and a healthy community).
Unlike a corporation, a co-op’s purpose isn’t to accumulate profits, but rather to meet the goals of its customers. Co-ops keep profits in the community. Profits are shared by the co-op and the members through store improvements, dividends, and community investment