Manly Food Coop

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In April 1997 Manly Food Co-op opened its doors to the Manly community. Keelah Lam was the driving force behind the idea. Along with a group of like-minded community members, the group obtained a development grant from the Manly Council, started a newsletter and the Manly Food Cooperative was launched. Twelve years down the track, the Co-op continues as a community-owned not-for-profit business providing organic, bulk, waste-free shopping as an alternative to mainstream supermarkets.

Their main guiding principles are:

  • The good health of their customers
  • The good health of our planet
  • Community involvement
  • Having a community-owned store
  • Developing relationships with their regular customers
  • Involvement in local events focussing on environmental and sustainability issues
  • Open to the public: anyone can buy a share and become a co-owner of the business. A co-owner (member) is entitled to a 10% discount on all goods purchased.

Members are encouraged to volunteer their time and expertise and become actively involved in the daily running of the store. Those members are rewarded with a further substantial discount on purchases. The Co-op's goals are:-

  • to make available at reasonable cost, high quality food and other goods
  • offer the best health option food possible, ie; organic or biodynamic; and if that is not available, offer the next best thing e.g. chemical-free
  • offer food that has been produced with environmental sensitivity
  • purchase in bulk, thus offering customers the best price available on goods
  • avoid waste created by over-packaging by encouraging customers to re-use jars, bags and containers
  • be a part of their local community and offer service in an personable way
  • be an active participant in events that help raise awareness of environmental issues

To become a member or volunteer your services at the Manly Food Co-op, visit their shop at 21B Whistler Street, Manly.

Opening hours are 10.00am – 3.00pm Mon – Fri and 10.00am – 3.00pm Sat & Sun.

Tel: 9977 0177 or email: membership@manlyfoodcoop.org

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