A Community Comes Together To Keep Grocery Shopping in the Neighborhood
Updated: Jun 1, 2020
This week’s Brooklyn Business Owners Spotlight Series features Windsor Terrace Food Coop, a member-owned-and-operated food market building neighborhood relationships through the food.
In June 2012, Windsor Terrace residents were dismayed to learn Key Food, the Brooklyn neighborhood’s lone supermarket was closing. This was on top of further gentrification changes being made to the neighborhood. It was becoming more and more unaffordable and the families who had been there for generations were slowly being pushed out. The closing of Key Food was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Motivated by this loss, Windsor Terrace and neighboring residents found themselves at a community meeting and the Windsor Terrace Food Cooperative was born.
Since that day, a group of Windsor Terrace and surrounding neighborhood residents would meet with one vision in mind: creating a community-owned, member-operated, cooperative food store that will provide high-quality food, at affordable prices for its members. Three years later, on March 21, 2015, the doors swung open at Windsor Terrace Food Coop.
WTFC operates off the Park Slope Food Coop model, meaning you have to be a member to shop there. Member-owned-and-operated, this coop’s more than 500 members are required to work a two-hour shift, every five weeks. By stocking the shelves or unloading deliveries – it allows members to get their food at the best price while supporting local businesses. In addition to getting their food at these prices, the coop has become a place where its members have evolved from neighbors into friends.
Overseeing the Coop is a Board of Directors that meets four times a year. All decisions related to the operation of the coop are made by the members and implemented by the board of directors. Leadership is always adjusting its attention to the ever-changing media landscape in trying to reach new members, but first and foremost, the WTFC was a community endeavor. The Board is always mindful of the community’s best interests when making decisions. They know that running a non-profit coop is not easy, calling it a “labor of love and driven by compassion and benevolence.”
Membership rates vary: $100 for single shoppers, $175 for families and $60 for students and seniors. It’s a one-time payment and non-refundable. Prospective members should visit here for more information.
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