Our Mission

Friendly City Food Co-op is committed to being a locally owned cooperative that emphasizes healthy food, local products and sustainably produced goods in the Shenandoah Valley. It is our intent to create fair and friendly relationships, healthy and informed consumers, and to be good stewards of the environment through conscientious and sustainable use of resources.

The 7 Cooperative Principles

Co-ops are more than business as usual. Cooperative businesses are honest, open and fair, behave with integrity, and remain accountable for their actions.

    • Voluntary and Open Membership – Co-operatives are voluntary organisations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.
    • Democratic Member Control – Co-operatives are democratic organisations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions.
    • Members’ Economic Participation – Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their co-operative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the co-operative. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership.
    • Autonomy and Independence – Co-operatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members.
    • Education, Training, and Information – Co-operatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees. They inform the general public – particularly young people and opinion leaders – about the nature and benefits of co-operation.
    • Cooperation Among Cooperatives – Co-operatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the co-operative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.
    • Concern for Community – Co-operatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members.