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.

Become a Member

CoFED unites people who believe in a better future through community-owned wealth building, sustainable food systems, and youth empowerment. Membership offers access to a network of change-makers interested in creating an equitable and thriving food system that benefits communities. Becoming a member of CoFED means participating in a network that is actively sharing ideas, learning lessons, and forming powerful relationships to make this movement thrive. These cooperative enterprises not only add value in tasty nutritious food, but also in the relationships that connect us within our communities and with other cooperatives. For CoFED, racial equity is key to transforming the food system and our economy. Our ideal members are people working with and within the food system to create alternatives that are more sustainable, equitable, and controlled by local communities. 

Membership has been designed along the fifth and sixth Cooperative Principles, "Education, Training, and Information” and “Cooperation Among Cooperatives”, and therefore our goals are two-fold: we aim to provide cooperative development services as well as facilitate a solidarity network of student food coops. We wish to have a strong and diverse set of members; therefore our membership is designed for varying needs and budgets, and available to students, institutions, nonprofits, and businesses.

 

VOTING MEMBERS

Voting members are eligible to serve on the Student Advisory Board, which invites students to have an investment and say in CoFED’s work and future. Institutional Members are asked to choose someone that can adequately represent the student team to sit on the Student Advisory Board.  Join as a member and have an amazing opportunity to organize on a national scale.

Student Team Members

Student Teams are composed of start-up, scale up, and existing cooperatives run by students serving the University and local community. For student coops that are interested in growing internally, building power, and engaging more with racial equity, we offer membership on a sliding scale between $500-1200 a year based on budget, and determined on a team-by-team basis.

  • 12 hours of consultation & training and discounted additional hours.
  • Option to use consultation & training through one annual site visit.
  • Attend webinars produced during membership for free, and have access to past recordings.
  • Access to Members Resource Portal, a curated database of documents and videos modeling best practices, as well as a recommended reading list. 
  • Connect with your regional “Mentors Network” for specific questions or work with CoFED staff to build a local Advisory Board for your coop.
  • Access to national publicity, networking and communication tools: blog, newsletters, shared events calendar, and forum/listserv. 
  • Discount to Summer Institute and any local/regional CoFED events such as skillsharing convergences, panels, and coop tours.

Student Team Ally Members

For teams that are interested in participating in the network but do not want consultation & training, we offer our Ally Membership for $100 per year.

  • Discount for consultation & training.
  • Attend webinars produced during membership for free, and have access to past recordings.
  • Access to Members Resource Portal, a curated database of documents and videos modeling best practices, as well as a recommended reading list.
  • Access to national publicity, networking and communication tools: blog, newsletters, shared events calendar, and forum/listserv. 
  • Discount to Summer Institute and any local/regional CoFED events such as skill-sharing convergences, panels, and coop tours.
  • Access to network of institutions, businesses, non-profits, and other student team members.

Institutional Members

Our university partners are committed to creating a more thriving, equitable food system on their campus. University partners we work with include sustainability offices, cultural centers, community groups and a variety of others. As Institutional Members, universities pay on a scale from $5,000-10,000 per year.Benefits include everything in Student Team Membership plus:

  • Institutional Members will be granted up to a total of 35 hours of consultation & training, plus discounted additional hours. CoFED can bring an eye to financial responsibility and risk management to students’ projects, and support planning and enterprise development based on our national  expertise and experience.
  • Opportunity for an annual site visit to utilize consultation & training hours.
  • Join a network of other university administrators and build from national case studies.
  • Develop student leadership on your campus. CoFED’s interdisciplinary curriculum offers education in topics that otherwise are not taught in the US higher education system and links complex issues to innovative solutions.

 

NON-VOTING MEMBERS

Ally Members

Ally members are organizations doing similar food system, racial justice, or new economies work, or businesses that wish to be connected to student businesses that are changing local food systems. These members pay $10 dollars per month or a lump sum of $100 per year. We also offer opportunities to partner with us through sponsorship. Sponsorship does not grant access to the network, but does offer the opportunity to be highlighted as a sponsor during an event.

  • Discount for consultation & training
  • Access to network of institutions, students, businesses, other non-profit members
  • Opportunities to market your products and/or promote your programming to our network
  • Highlight your organization’s work during CoFED’s in-person and online events
  • Publically displayed on our website as a CoFED Ally

 

Expectations for Member Involvement

We give all our members access to the resources we have created. When sharing, using, or teaching these documents we only ask that you give credit to CoFED.

In order to grow money and momentum for our movement, we require our members to participate in a fundraiser once a year, or help organize a CoFED regional gathering or event.

Members that have consultation & training packages as part of membership are asked to have scheduled calls with CoFED staff, and create and sign a Memoranda of Understanding with us, which lays out the work we will do together.

 

How do I become a Member?

Schedule a short informational call with us!

You’ll get to meet CoFED staff, ask questions about what membership can do for you, and get signed up!

 

 

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