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Food Co-ops toolkit

Food Co-ops toolkit

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Praktični priročnik o prehranskih kooperativah
Praktični priročnik o prehranskih kooperativah

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Food Co
Food Co
-op
-op
s Toolkit
s Toolkit
a simple guide to setting up
a simple guide to setting up
food co-ops
 food co-ops
 
Acknowledgements
  The toolkit was compiled and edited by Maresa Bossano and Kath Dalmeny romSustain, the alliance or better ood and arming.It was written by Sustain in partnership with several other organisations as part o theMaking Local Food Work programme, which is unded by the Big Lottery. Many people and organisations have contributed to this toolkit. In particular, wewould like to thank our partners or all their assistance:Caroline Lewis and Linda Hull (Somerset Community Food)Suzanne Natelson (London Food Link)Joyce Osei (Newham Food Access Partnership)Anthony Armstrong, Simon McCabe and Nigel Race (Food Chain North East)Matthew Stiles (Greenwich Co-operative Development Agency)Greg Pilley (3)Mark Simmonds (Co-operativesUK) We would also like to thank ood co-ops and other organisations around the countrywho have contributed sample documents, case studies or other inormation orpublications that have also been included or reerred to in the toolkit, including:Community Food EnterpriseFareshares Food Co-opHerbie Fruit and Veg VanHungry Snail Food Co-opSoil AssociationSomerset Food Links Tower Hamlets Co-operative Development Agency True Food Co-opWellington Food Co-opsWest Lothian Food and Health DevelopmentWestminster Primary Care TrustYstad Gofa Food Co-op  The views expressed in this publication are not necessarily the view o thoseacknowledged or o Sustain’s membership, individually or collectively. All errors andomissions are entirely those o the author.  The on-line ood co-ops toolkit
http://www.sustainweb.org/oodcoopstoolkit
 will be updated and added to on a regular basis and so will contain the most currentinormation.
 
Contents
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CONTENTS
CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION 5
How to use the toolit 6Who is this toolkit or? 7 Terminology 8
ABOUT FOOD COOPS 11
 Types o co-operative 12Why set up a co-op? 13Benets o ood co-ops 14
PEOPLE 17
Participation 17Partners 17
Volunteers 18
Volunteer tasks and role description 19Recruitment 19Interview and induction 21Expenses 22Volunteer agreement and management 23
PLANNING 27
Needs Assessment 28
Local statistics 30Food mapping 31Community audit 32Consulting the community 33
PRODUCE 37
 Types o outlet 38
Buying clubs 39Stalls 40Bag or box scheme 41Mobile stores or home delivery schemes 43Shops 44Markets 45
Suppliers 46
Wholesale markets 47Local wholesalers 47Farmers 48Community growing projects 49Social enterprises 50Retailers 51Wholeood suppliers 52
Local produce 53
Finding producers 54Potential barriers 57
Organic ood 58
PREMISES 61
Facilities 62
PRACTICAL RESOURCES 65
Equipment 66Funding 69
PROCEDURES & PRICING 73
Admin 74Finance 76
Cash handling procedures 77
Ordering 78
Ordering tips 79
Storage 81Quality control 82Waste 83
PROMOTION 85
Marketing methods 86
Product 86Place 87Promotion 87Publicity materials 88Media 90Events 90Word o mouth 91Special ofers and discounts 92
Education 93
Activities 94Resources 95
POLICIES & PRINCIPLES 99
Membership 101Constitution 102Committee 103Legal structures 104Avoiding problems 105

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