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291 E 4500 S  Murray
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Eat healthy, save money at a food co-op

Shopping » Some Salt Lake valley shoppers say buying food at co-ops helps them save money and help others.

Mercedes Zel-Pappas started this nonprofit cooperative seven years ago for low- and middle-income families, who are often forced to buy cheap, processed foods because they are unable to afford healthier produce and meats. "I felt there should be some kind of healthy option for them," she said.

What’s available » All the fruits and vegetables at the co-op  purchased through the same suppliers who sell to Whole Foods and Sprouts, Zel-Pappas said. Eggs, milk, poultry and grass-fed beef that are either organic or locally-produced are available, along with yogurt, tea, honey, granola, peanut butter, sauces, chips, crackers, tortillas, dried food, olive oil, coconut oil and hummus. The store also offers products for those who eat vegan or gluten-free diets.

Shop » Just like a regular grocery store, the public can shop at the co-op during regular business hours (See below). Customers who want to ensure that they get organic produce every week can pre-order either online or in person a special produce baskets, priced between $12 and $26.50. The largest basket contains about a week’s worth of fruits and vegetables. Baskets can be picked up during regular business hours.

Giving back » After paying rent and utilities — there’s no payroll — all the profits are donated to a different Utah charity each month. The co-op also offers people with special needs job training through volunteering.

Director comments » The mark-up on items ranges from 5 to 25 cents above cost, Zel-Pappas said. That saves shoppers "25 to 90 percent" over grocery store prices. "Because it’s affordable, people can make healthy choices and still be on a budget," she said.

Shoppers say » Since Ashley Palmer and her husband started buying the weekly produce basket, "we’ve cut our grocery bill in half and we weren’t even buying all organic before." The Midvale resident said the produce is always fresh and the basket offers a good variety. "It’s more than enough for me and my husband."

Adds regular shopper Barbara Koppang: "When you can eat good healthy food, even when you are poor, it helps bring you up. You have more energy and your family doesn’t get sick as easy." Koppang, of Murray, also likes that her money goes to charity. "It doesn’t just help me, it helps someone else."

Requirements » There are no requirements to shop at the Utah Co-op, Zel Pappas said. "But if you fall in love with the co-op, we ask that you tell at least two people a year about it.



Location »
291 E 4500 S  Murray; 

Online » utahcoop.org

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What is a #coop?
 


What Kind of group are we? We’re a Co-op!
A co-op is a business/charity owned by its customers. Being a Co-op means that we’re owned by our local community and we’re pleased to be a part of our area’s diversity and lifestyle. You don’t have to be a member to shop at the Co-op; everyone is welcome! We sponsor membership to all Utah residents currently we have a membership of just over 12,000 members 
 
Why Should I Shop at the Co-op? Because the Co-op:
 
♦  Is locally owned.
 
♦  Supports local farmers and businesses.
♦  Carries high quality foods with minimal processing and without artificial additives.


♦  Offers competitively priced, organically grown foods.


♦  Consistently researches and investigates products to ensure high quality.


♦  Allows you to buy just what you need or larger amounts for bigger savings.


♦  Offers special orders if we don’t carry what you’re looking for. Bulk quantities often receive 30-50% discounts off retail prices.


♦  Fosters sound ecological practices and promotes active recycling.


♦  Is a community non profit , not a large multi-national corporation. Co-op shoppers know that their food dollars STAY in our community.


♦  Accepts cash, American express,Discover,Visa/Master Card, SNAP/ EBT, 


Passionate about the Environment.  Utah CoOp shares your concerns about the environment in all aspects of our business, from how we use energy to how we shop. We care about reducing waste in our choice of products and packaging. How are you making a difference when you shop the Co-op?  See our section on Sustainability. 




Remember the first time you shopped at the Utah Co-op: Colorful garden-fresh produce, choices of gourmet cheeses and foods, all enticing you to take a taste journey into our cornucopia of products? All of these tasty offerings might be one reason you’ve remained a loyal Co-op shopper, but what else does it mean when you choose to spend your hard-earned wages at a community-owned cooperative grocery store?
 
You Support Local Farmers – Utah Co-op is proud to support our local growers and producers. Last year, we sold over $1.4 million
worth of local food from over 200 area farms/businesses. We pride ourselves on paying a fair price for local food – we know it’s worth every penny!  When you shop at Utah Co-Op, you recognize the value of putting your money back into the local economy, and the value of paying a fair price for the products you purchase.
 
You Support Your Community – Utah Co-Op is an active member of our community, supporting a wide range of organizations through our generous donations programs. When you shop the Co-op, you promote the continued financial support of many worthy community organizations.
 
You Support a Fair & Just Economy – Paying farmers fairly is an important part of the work we do at the Utah Co-Op to help support a just economy. Our selection of Fair Trade items, including coffee, chocolate, and bath & body care products, is unrivalled. Many of the fair trade businesses we support are cooperatives, just like us! These cooperative partnerships ensure that a part of your purchase of fairly-traded products supports economic and social development in indigenous communities. We also do our best to ensure that local farmers and producers receive a fair price for the products they sell to Utah Co-Op.
 
You Own It! – Doesn’t it feel good to know that your voice and your vote count in a democratically ran Co-Op? That’s right, here at Utah CoOp, you have a say in who is elected to the Board of Directors, the governing body of the Co-op. You can vote in member elections, attend Board of Directors meetings, and participate on many levels in the governance of your Co-op.
 
Vote with Your Dollar – When you purchase locally-grown, fairly traded, and organic products from UC, you are voting with your dollar for a better world. Your dollars help encourage the growth of a society where the value of hard work is honored, where sustainable farming methods care for our land and resources, and where food is free from toxic pesticides and contaminates. Your purchase is a vote for good clean food without GMO’s, trans-fats, and unnecessary chemical additives. Each transaction you make at the Co-op helps solidify our valued community partnerships with local growers, suppliers, and producers.


Utah Co Op is at
 
291 E 4500 S  Murray,Utah 84107
Co-Op Basics
It’s a simple idea, really –
  Provide quality, healthy food at a substantial savings through cooperative purchasing; and build a sense of community by promoting volunteer service that brings people together.That helps the People of Utah and Internationally through disaster emergency programs and Children and senior programs.

The Utah Co-Op is for everyone. Whether you are struggling to meet your basic food needs or are just looking for a way to share in community, you can be part of this simple exchange: giving and receiving.


We buy local first in an effort to sustain our local economy, also we specialize in International Gourmet Foods and Gluten free products
To help provide for the growing needs of the people of Utah.

The food is never out-dated, or damaged. Through collective purchasing, we order mass quantities of these items at very low prices we add on average a quarter to each item to cover Rent,Utilities and Phone. 
Since all work in provided by Volunteers there never is payroll.

The Utah Co-Op is not just about saving money, it’s about working together for a common good.

You can feel good about shopping at the Utah Co-op, because our products are carefully selected to be minimally packaged, to avoid artificial ingredients and preservatives, and to be certified organic & locally produced if 
possible.


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