Address: PO Box 6407, Sitka AK 99835 / (907) 752-2335
About Us / Sitka Food Co-op History: Our Vision - "Bringing good food and community together."
Our Mission - "Working together to nourish the community by focusing on value while providing healthy food and quality products."
The Co-op started in May 2010 as an attempt to bring healthy, organic foods to Sitka at more affordable prices than were available at the time. We reached out to friends and neighbors to see if anyone else would like to order bulk food together and share the shipping expense we have here in Sitka. Many people were interested! We started ordering once a month, and eventually the orders grew to a point that we could not contain them in the small space we were renting at the time.
In May of 2011 we sat down with a friend and decided to start a Food Cooperative. We had the retail space to set up and asolid core group of folks to get the ball rolling. Lots of new members came in as we held public meetings to drum up interest and in September of 2011, we incorporated as a Co-operative in the State of Alaska.
Since then, we have continued to grow our membership and our vision. We currently have 130 members (households and businesses) and are doing over $130,000/year in pass-through sales. Besides ordering just about anything one might need from our suppliers we also provide a platform for local producers to sell their products. We're also proud that we can offer fresh organic produce to our members at prices that are often less than what non-organic produce sells for at other locations in town.
It is our hope to work towards opening a retail store with regular business hours - while continuing to provide bulk ordering to our members so that they can all enjoy the best food at the least expensive prices available!
The sky is the limit with the Co-op! Being member owned and operated cooperative means that it will go as far as we all take it!