So, What's Our Big Purpose?

The Co-op is here to do two things: 

1. Cultivate community

2. Provide meaningful goods and services to our region

This means we go beyond a traditional business model, putting more of an emphasis on taking care of the region that supports us.

Buckey Fuller Dome Fundraiser  Dawg Days of Summer Benefit Dog Wash

Foodie Farm Tour 2012  Vegan Cooking Class

Above from top left clockwise: The Co-op sponsored a fundraiser to support the Buckminster Fuller Dome. Dogs being washed at Dog Days of Summer, a fundraiser for area animal shelters. Kathy Ward teaching a cooking class in the Co-op's community room. Courtney Smith giving a tour of Green Ridge Farm.

Our Values

·       We believe that the cooperative business structure is the most effective way of meeting consumers' needs.

·       We believe all individuals should be treated with respect. Neighborhood Co-op Grocery exercises honesty and                  integrity with employees, customers, suppliers and the community.

·       We believe in a fair, diverse, and supportive workplace that provides open employment and opportunities.

·       We believe that exceptional customer service will contribute to an outstanding shopping experience.

·       We believe that informed choices made by consumers have a far-reaching impact on the local and global                          community.

·       We are committed to providing educational services and resources to enhance consumers' awareness.

·       We honor the earth by supporting and promoting environmentally responsible products, business practices and              sustainable agriculture.

·       We believe that the health of the planet depends on the health of its inhabitants.

Our Vision & End Results 


Because of Neighborhood Co-op, the people of Southern Illinois and surrounding areas will have:

•     A more engaged, vibrant community focused on local sustainability
•     Access to meaningful products and services
•     A model of a cooperatively-owned and profitable business
•     An increased understanding of food systems