"Clipper City Food Co-op is a community owned grocery store dedicated to providing access to locally sourced food, strengthening the regional economy, and promoting health and well-being."
We will accomplish our mission by:
1. Nurturing community engagement.
Follow the core principles of cooperative management and democratic decision-making, including the principles of inclusive excellence, fairness, transparency, and shared responsibility.
Supply products to meet the diverse community food needs and preferences.
Create opportunities for vibrant community engagement through social networking, civic pride, and partnerships among individuals, organizations, governments, and businesses.
2. Cultivating local, sustainable agricultural and food production.
Showcase food and products from local and regional businesses
Support the development of local agricultural, food, and other businesses in the community.
Feature products produced and distributed using sustainable and environmentally sound practices.
Highlight products that support the responsible treatment of living things impacted by the food chain.
3. Operating a sustainable business that fosters growth in Manitowoc County.
Create good jobs that pay fair wages and provide quality benefits.
Maintain a high quality business that attracts other enterprises and consumers to downtown Manitowoc.
Manage member and investor resources in a fiscally responsible way.
Deliver superior customer service that fosters community.
4. Providing access to healthy, quality food and food education.
Provide access to nutritious and tasty food at fair prices.
Offer education on healthy food choices and sound agricultural and food systems.
Supply high quality local and organic food from reliable sources for the optimal health of consumers.
A food co-op looks and offers products like any other grocery store, but it is owned by members of the community. Because the co-op is owned by people who share your interest in fresh, local food and value a sustainable community, the co-op can source food locally and emphasize natural and organic, fresh local food.
In Manitowoc County, a group of individuals shared a vision for a grocery store that was highly involved with servicing the communities food needs and offering healthier choices. They agreed that a cooperative business model made sense and began semi-monthly meetings to bring their idea to the community.
Cooperatives operate according to seven basic principles:
1. Voluntary, Open Membership:
Open to all without gender, social, racial, political, or religious discrimination.
2. Democratic Member Control:
One member, one vote. Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of the cooperative.
3. Economic Participation:
The economic benefits of a cooperative operation are returned to the members, reinvested in the co-op, or used to provide member services.
4. Autonomy & Independence:
Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members.
5. Education, Training & Information:
Cooperatives provide education and training for members so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperatives. They inform the general public about the nature and benefits of cooperation
6. Cooperation Among cooperatives:
Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, regional, national and international structures.
7. Concern For The Community:
While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies accepted by their members.