About Us: Mission & Values
So, what's our big purpose?
We aim to serve the needs of our owners and patrons by providing wholesome foods economically in the cooperative tradition, in ways that best promote the health of the individual, the community, and the earth.
The Co-op is here to do two things:
1. Cultivate community
2. Provide meaningful goods and services to our region
This means we go beyond a traditional business model, putting more of an emphasis on taking care of the region that supports us.
The cooperative business structure is the most effective way of meeting consumers' needs.
All individuals should be treated with respect. Neighborhood Co-op Grocery exercises honesty and integrity with employees, customers, suppliers and the community.
A fair, diverse, and supportive workplace provides open employment and opportunities.
Exceptional customer service will contribute to an outstanding shopping experience.
Informed choices made by consumers have a far-reaching impact on the local and global community.
We are committed to providing educational services and resources to enhance consumers' awareness. We honor the earth by supporting and promoting environmentally responsible products, business practices and sustainable agriculture.
The health of the planet depends on the health of its inhabitants.
We sponsored a fundraiser to support the Buckminster Fuller Dome.
Dog Days of Summer, a fundraiser for area animal shelters.
Courtney Smith giving a tour of Green Ridge Farm.
Kathy Ward teaching a cooking class in our community room.
Our vision and what we hope to achieve
Because of Neighborhood Co-op, the people of Southern Illinois and surrounding areas will have:
A more engaged, vibrant community focused on local sustainability
Access to meaningful products and services
A model of a cooperatively-owned and profitable business
An increased understanding of food systems