Co-op Partners

Midwest Food Connection (MFC) had its beginnings in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and Saint Paul, MN) when two natural food co-ops, the Mississippi Market and the Wedge Co-op, started a community outreach initiative in 1993 to send an educator into surrounding schools with fresh produce to teach about local, healthy foods. Four years later a group of committed educators founded our non-profit to bring natural foods education to a broad range of area schools.

Since our founding, natural food co-ops have played a pivotal role in supporting our work. By sponsoring lessons for the schools in their neighborhood, these co-ops enable us to bring food education to children around the Twin Cities free of charge. These students get the opportunity to taste fresh foods and discover their local co-op as a place where good food flourishes.

Midwest Food Connection shares the same values that guide all co-ops, aligning our mission “to bring educational adventures in food, cooking, and gardening to children and their families” with their seven principles:

  1. Voluntary and open membership
  2. Democratic member control
  3. Member economic participation
  4. Autonomy and independence
  5. Education, training and information
  6. Cooperation among cooperatives
  7. Concern for community

Currently, we are funded by three sponsoring co-ops. Click on the logos at the top of this page to learn more about each of these co-ops!

Seward CO-OP

Eastside Food Co-op

Valley Natural Foods