"Knowledge has a beginning but no end." -Geeta Iyengar

A Guiding Principle

The Coop's mission statement is "To serve our community as the foremost provider of foods and products that enrich health and well-being, cultivating a spirit of community through excellent service and education."

Education and Community are two of the seven Cooperative Principles that guide cooperatives around the world and they're a very important part of what we're all about here at Erie Food Co-op. We offer weekly classes and participate in public events throughout the year; we have knowledgeable staff members who go the extra distance to be sure that our customers get the help they need in the store.

A few examples of some of the things we do for the community:

  • Cash donation are made to local non-profit agencies. Every month the Co-op chooses a different non-profit agency or charity. The Co-op will match the contributions up to $200.
  • Annual community events
  • Participation in community events related to our mission
  • Support of local and regional initiatives focused on environmentally responsible practices
  • Community education on issues related to our mission through community education classes, classroom presentations, seminars and through our newsletter and online blog articles

To view our current class schedule, go here: CLASSES

The Education and Outreach program also participates in community initiatives including The Erie Healthy Food Coalition, Bike Erie and the Environmental Working group.

If you are looking for a speaker or are organizing an event send an email to, use the contact form here or call 814-456-0282 ext. 111.