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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; 

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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 

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