Planet. People. Profit.

At this Coop we have our priorities of business aligned in that order. Our nearly 90-year history of supporting local economies and markets to provide for the community we serve defines our values in the present day. A circular economy drastically reduces food miles in distribution, ensures fresher and healthier products, supports local food producers, empowers small businesses through turbulent times, and retains more dollars toward sustainable development through democratic practices within the community. When the Covid-19 pandemic struck – this Coop remained resilient, adapted, and continued to provide essential services to the community while supporting their staff with policies that protected their safety and livelihoods. As inflation and climate change created chaos in our supply chains, this Coop managed to pivot thanks to the flexibility of our management staff and best vendors in order to offset the impact on our community. 

Today, as a small local business, we are a thriving community hub with a strong focus of modernizing our sustainability efforts. Showcasing the impacts we are already making; and also advancing them further with new projects, enhanced sustainability metrics, and full transparency for the community we serve. Shopping at the Swarthmore Coop supports local producers and lowers the carbon footprint of your shopping experience but most importantly – it provides our business with resources to modernize our equipment, start new projects, and reduce our impact on the planet while supporting our employees and community.

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