Prairie Food Co-op Community Grocery

Katherine Nash

Prairie Food Co-op will be a different type of grocery store - one that supports local farmers, is committed to transparent product labeling so that I know how and where food is produced, and encourages sustainable and organic food production. As a co-op, Prairie Food exists to serve you instead of make a profit for others. As a co-op, the store is owned by the community and more money stays here in Lombard.

My Ownership investment helps create a grocery store that:

  • Supports Local Food Systems
  • Provides Quality Jobs here in Lombard
  • Has a Positive Economic Impact
  • Promotes Environmental Stewardship
  • Promotes Healthy & Sustainable Foods.

I cannot wait until I can shop at Prairie Food Co-op - knowing that my Ownership helped make it happen! If this all sounds great, then join me and so many others by becoming an Owner today!


  • published About 2020-05-18 15:17:37 -0500

    About Prairie Food Co-op

    Prairie Food Co-op will be a full-service community owned grocery store in Lombard featuring local, sustainably grown, organic produce, meat and dairy products, as well as all of the other staples you'd expect from a grocery store -- dry goods, bulk foods, and frozen foods. Prairie Food Co-op will be a community gathering place where shoppers can enjoy a cup of coffee or juice while attending educational classes and workshops.

    Our professional Market Analysis advised a 10,000 square foot store, with 6300 square feet of retail space. This size store makes shopping accessible and convenient and is large enough to accommodate a variety of food store departments including meat, bakery, produce, dry grocery, frozen food and dairy, as well as specialty departments such as a deli with prepared foods, a specialty drink bar, and a small café area. We also plan to establish a weekly farmer’s market in the store’s parking lot.

    Prairie Food Co-op is committed to providing honest and transparent labeling and will encourage sustainable food production and environmental stewardship. Prairie Food Co-op will strive to educate consumers about their food choices and connect shoppers with food producers so that consumers have a better understanding of how their food was produced. Prairie Food Co-op will provide great jobs with fair wages and benefits.

    Prairie Food will be a cooperative business, meaning that shoppers will own the store, giving them more say in the products and services available at the store. Cooperatives are operated, first and foremost, for the benefit of the community they serve, Because people, not profits, drive the business, cooperatives have a significant positive impact on their local community and economy. In fact, the benefit to communities is so significant that the United Nations declared 2012 the "Year of the Cooperative" to encourage more cooperative businesses to open.

    If you are interested in supporting local farmers, providing better year-round access to local and sustainable food, to encouraging environmental stewardship, to building a store committed to educating consumers about food, and to a store that puts shoppers first, then you should become a Prairie Food Co-op Owner today.



  • published Sustainability at the Co-op in News 2019-05-23 11:22:53 -0500

    Sustainability at the Co-op

    One of the core values of Prairie Food Co-op is sustainability and that carries over into the design of our grocery store. The co-op's "Green Team" is working hard to determine which sustainable design options can be implemented. As a community supported business, we rely on our community to invest in this project. The more the community invests, the more opportunity we will have to implement green design elements.

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  • signed Site Petition 2018-02-08 08:15:27 -0600
    This is an amazing opportunity not only for Prairie Food Co-op and North Lombard residents who don’t have a nearby grocer, but for downtown Lombard as well. What a story to tell that the citizens of Lombard themselves are building something we will all be proud of!

    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 2017-05-18 11:35:43 -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 Meeting Minutes in For Owners 2016-09-13 13:51:52 -0500

    Meeting Minutes

    Owners have the right to review Board of Director meeting minutes. Please find links to meeting minutes below - our meeting minutes are organized by year and stored in Google Drive. Owners are encouraged to attend meetings of your democratically elected Board! The Board meets the first Tuesday of each month from 7pm - 9pm. We would love to see you there!

    Click Here to View All Meeting Minutes on Google Drive