Address: 44 E. Main, Bozeman MT 59715 / (406) 922-2667
About Us / Community Food Co-op (Co-op Downtown) History: A History of the Community Food Co-op The Co-op has come a long way fromits humble beginnings on South Wallace Avenue. What was started by a fewpeople on the fringe looking for a way to buy cheap rice has grown to a $10million business employing over 140 workers with an annual growth rate of20%. In 1979, a store named the Crossroads Food Center opened in a smallhouse, structured as a nonprofit corporation. In the spring of 1984, thename was legally changed to the Community Food Co-op and the store moved toa larger space near Montana State University. In 1992, the Co-op bought abuilding in downtown Bozeman to better serve the needs of our growingmembership. A deli was added and a departmental structure was created. InJanuary of 2002, the Co-op reorganized as a cooperative corporation. Laterin 2002, a major expansion project was completed, doubling the retail spaceand adding a coffee, juice and dessert bar with an eating area upstairs.The Co-op is now a huge success, nationally recognized and awarded. Thejourney has been long but throughout it all, the Co-op has remainedcommitted to the elements in the original mission statement. Original 1979Mission Statement: Emphasizing open, involved membership, environmentalawareness, nutritional advocacy, support of local agriculture. Our MissionStatement Provide food and goods, promote sustainable practices and followco-op principles. Our Statement of Purpose As a community of cooperativeconsumers we promote an understanding of nutrition and ecologicalprinciples. The Community Food Co-op, based on mutual aid rather thanprofit, strives to provide viable options, offering consumer control overresources, supplying basic needs and supplying those needs at the lowestcommercially reasonable prices. We seek to create and nurture relationshipswith other cooperatives, farmers, small businesses and local producers,thereby strengthening the alternative food network, the community at largeand the Community Food Co-op membership.