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 Whole Foods 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:
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.
Perhaps you have food allergies or dietary restrictions. Or maybe you want to change the way you eat for a healthier lifestyle. Planning meals for a new lifestyle can feel like putting together a puzzle, and shopping can become frustrating. Reading labels, staying within a budget, and of course finding things that taste good and are "fun" to eat... it all starts to feel overwhelming.
We started The Whole Plan to help with this very problem. We offer personal shopping consultations as a free service to member-owners; let us help make the transition easier for you! To start the process, email the Community Education Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.