CoFED inspiregizes future food co-op leaders across North America. We support students with training and tools, and connect them with peers, mentors, and allies in a solidarity network.


What does CoFED do? 

  • Support student cooperatives with direct coaching, resources, and technical support
  • Organize student cooperatives across campuses in a regional and national solidarity network
  • Cultivate and create resources for students from mentors to business models to in-person trainings

Since launching nationally in the Fall of 2010 with support from Michael Pollan, Bill McKibben, and many others, CoFED has worked with over 40 student teams starting or operating cooperative, sustainable food ventures on their campus. In addition to supporting this ongoing work on university campuses, we’re conducting a pilot program to support healthy food access and enterprise development training at community colleges.

We strive to incorporate the values of cooperation, empowerment, transparency, joy, and impact in our work.