Prairie Food Co-op Community Grocery

Jerry Nash

  • published Spring to 1000 Owners In May in News 2019-05-01 17:07:03 -0500

    Spring to 1000 Owners In May!


    In addition to all of our upcoming events, the whole month of May is a special event!

    We want to involve our Owners in this important milestone so we decided that if we reach 1000 Owners by the end of May we are gifting every referrer and the Owner they refer a PFC tote bag!

    So now is the time to talk to that friend, family member, neighbor, or coworker about becoming a PFC Owner or coming to an event or market in May.

    Let’s Spring to 1000 Owners in May!

  • rsvped +1 for Green Trivia Night @ Dry City Brew Works - June 3 2019-04-16 16:17:22 -0500

    Green Trivia Night @ Dry City Brew Works

    Join the Sierra Club and Prairie Food Co-op for an evening of trivia focusing on the environment, food and other earthy topics!

    Come for the trivia, but stay for the locally crafted Dry City brew that will be available for purchase should you choose to partake as you show off your mad trivia skillz. 

    We’ll provide snacks, but if you want something more substantial, you can order or pick up food from any of the downtown Wheaton restaurants such as Burger Social, Bricks, or Gia Mia who offers 1/2 price pizza on Mondays! 

    You can play solo or form a team. There's plenty of room. Just be ready to have some fun! We'll have prizes for the top 3 winners, a split-the-pot raffle, music, and general good times. 

    Doors will open at 6:30 and we will begin trivia a little after 7. We will have 3 rounds of trivia with a break after each, then tally and give out prizes to the top 3 teams! We expect the evening to end around 9pm. 

    June 03, 2019 at 7pm
    Dry City Brew Works
    120 N Main St
    Wheaton, IL 60187
    United States
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  • published Volunteer in Get Involved 2018-04-16 13:26:16 -0500


    The more volunteers we have out front and behind the scenes, the faster we reach our upcoming milestones like securing our store location, beginning our capital campaign, and opening our doors! 

    Here are some current volunteer opportunities:

    • Tablers – One of the most fun ways to grow our owner ranks, you’ll stand behind our table with a seasoned tabler at a farmers markets, info sessions, or other events. You'll be talking to potential PFC Owners about why they need to join the PFC family and current Owners about our current news and plans. 
    • Event Organizers – We need folks who'd like to help organize events – from securing venues to coordinating day-of details.
    • Co-op Ambassadors – Reach out to businesses, nonprofits, community groups, town leaders, and existing owners. Find out where we can host a table at an event, farmers market, or appear at a Co-op house party.
    • Teach a Class – Do you have a skill or talent to share? Maybe you have gardening expertise, amazing canning skillz, maybe you're a fermenting genius, or are knowledgable about another DIY activity? We make it fun and easy to share your knowledge with our community! 
    • Spreadsheet, CMR, or other organizational tech skills – If you know Google Drive or have worked with CRM tools like Nationbuilder, Salesforce or others, we can use your talents!
    • Web & Graphic Design  –  Our website and visual promos are always in need of updating. Please let us know if this is your thing!
    • Hustling (the good kind) - Maybe you'd just like to hand out some brochures or somewhere for a few hours or commit to a task that isn't so involved. We have many tasks that don't take much of time commitment that could fit into your schedule. 

    To get started, please fill out our Volunteer Form. This is a painless and easy way to help us decide the best way you can help YOUR community Owned grocery store. Don't worry, if you'd like to branch out of your comfort zone, we'll work with you. 

    If you'd like to just cut to the chase you can email our Outreach Coordinator, Jerry at

    This is hard work, but it's fun! Join the fun by volunteering today!









  • signed Site Petition 2018-02-01 22:42:31 -0600

    Sign Now! Bring PFC to Downtown Lombard

    We are thrilled to announce that we are pursuing the development opportunity at 101 - 109 S. Main St. in Lombard. We will soon submit our proposal to the Village of Lombard to secure this location in partnership with a local development firm. Our proposal is in response to the Village's request for proposal (RFP) for the site.


    We love this location for its unique history, accessibility, proximity to the downtown corridor, and its ability to deliver on our mission to create a local, sustainable and connected food community. After completing two separate professional market studies and reviewing alternate sites, we also know this location is the best performing option for Prairie Food Co-op.


    Please sign your name to our petition of community support. We need our Owners and entire community rallying to make this future home a possibility. Share this link with your family and friends, neighborhood groups, trustees, and favorite local businesses.


    Prairie Food Co-op started as a community conversation to bring a cooperatively owned grocery store to DuPage County and has grown into a thriving organization of 750+ owners working together to open a brick-and-mortar marketplace for locally grown food and products. PFC will not only bring quality food to our tables but will provide fair paying jobs, focus on sustainable practices, and drive business within the local economy.  Thank you for your continued support as we begin this exciting chapter in our story!


    For more information, we invite you to join our public community gatherings and watch our website and Facebook pages for additional details. To connect with us, email

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  • signed up on Canvas Your Community 2018-04-13 15:58:43 -0500

    Canvas Your Community

    PFC_DoorHanger_V2_(1)-2.jpgAs the weather warms up we want to spread the Prairie Food Co-op mission to as many households in our community and we need all hands (and feet) on deck!

    We need your help distributing Prairie Food Co-op door hangers to as many houses in the Lombard and surrounding Lombard area as possible. All this requires is a little light cardio and the ability to follow a pre-selected map we will provide for you. No knocking on doors, no talking to anyone, and no selling.

    You can pick your own neighborhood or another neighborhood, it's up to you. You can also pick your own time commitment. One hour on a Tuesday afternoon, or three hours on Thursday morning. You can also bring a friend if you'd like. 

    All you have to do is sign up and we'll contact you soon with details. This is a great opportunity to help us out if you have limited time and can only volunteer sporadically. 

    Please leave your name, email, and mobile number and we'll get ahold of you just as soon as we get the door hangs printed. 


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  • published What's In Store for Prairie Food Co-op in News 2016-08-10 11:47:38 -0500

    What's In Store for Prairie Food Co-op

    A committed group of volunteers have been working to build Prairie Food Co-op since mid-2012. It takes, on average, 5-6 years to open a food co-op and we are on track to open within that timeframe. Along the way, we have received many accolades, including a competitive $10K grant based on the strength of our organization and leadership. We recently visited our mentor co-op, Common Ground Food Co-op (CGFC) in Urbana, and were reminded of why we are doing this. Here we will share why we are working hard to open Prairie Food Co-op - a grocery store that is so much more!

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