Opening in October 2013, The Eat To Live Food Cooperative is a community-owned, non- profit grocery store where customers purchase a wide variety of fresh, reasonably priced foods. Assistant Manager James Williams greets each customer as they enter the spacious food cooperative, the first of its kind on the city’s South Side. “We are open and look forward to people joining,“ he proclaims as he continued stocking new shelves with fresh bread.
Eat To Live is the culmination of ideas, conversations and the hard work of South Side residents and many partnering organizations led by the Southside Community Coalition. Quality-of-life issues such as nutrition disparities has been an issue in Syracuse as neighborhood residents, community activists, Syracuse University and the city of Syracuse fighting what have become known as “food deserts” located within every city. The South Side resident’s access to affordable food within walking distance has now become reality.
Fresh, Fairly Priced Food: Healthy and affordable groceries on the South Side of Syracuse. Member Specials: Member only sales and promotions
Ownership Rights: The right to vote on Co-op policies and to elect/run for the Board of Directors.
Neighborhood Economic Empowerment: Through cooperative community ownership, economic democracy and support for local farms and businesses in an ecologically and economically sustainable food system. To become a Member and for more information please call (315) 430-9828.
Eat To Live Food Cooperative – How to Join as a member owner
The Eat To Live Food Cooperative is a consumer-owned cooperative. When you join the Co-op, you are more than a shopper. Your own it!
The Co-op is a democratic organization: every member gets one vote. Unlike for-profit corporations where one share equals one vote and the big money controls, in the Co-op every member has an equal vote.
Member benefits include: Fresh, Fairly Priced Food: Healthy, affordable groceries right on the South Side of Syracuse.
Ownership Rights: The right to vote on Co-op policies in Membership Meetings, to elect the Board of Directors, and to run for election to the Board.
Patronage Refunds: The Co-op operates at cost, not for profit. At the end of the year, any money left after expenses are returned to members in proportion to purchases they made at the Co-op. It is like getting a tax refund. You get the rest of your change back at the end of the year for what you paid over costs instead of that money going as profit to outside owners.
Neighborhood Economic Empowerment through cooperative community ownership, economic democracy, and support for local farms and businesses in an ecologically and economically sustainable food system.
Each member buys a $100 Membership Certificate. This one-time $100 investment entitles you to full membership in the Co-op. Two adults in the same household can be named to a shared membership.
You may make your $100 membership investment when you join. Or you may make a $10 investment per month over ten months, plus a one-time $5 processing fee.
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