East End Food Co-op is Pittsburgh’s only member-owned natural and organic food market, serving the community since 1980.  You’ll find delicious, healthy food in our store’s aisles, and a triple bottom line when it comes to our business.  As a local business, we support sustainable food, environmental responsibility, and our community.  Learn more about how co-ops promote living Stronger Together.

While our Co-op market is open to the public and membership is not required to make purchases, there are a number of membership benefits.  We encourage you to take a look around and learn more about the benefits of the cooperative business model, and how you can get involved.  At East End Food Co-op, it’s way more than just good food.  You own it!

Telephone and fax numbers:

Store: Phone:  412-242-3598     Fax: 412-242-7723

Administration: 412-242-3598  Ext. 119

Cafe: 412-242-7726

Credit  Union: 412-243-7574


General Manager: Justin Pizzella

HR Manager: Jen Girty

Grocery Manager: Maura Holliday

Member Services: Heather Hackett

Cafe Manager: Amber Pertz

Front End Manager: eric cressley

IT Manager: Erin Myers

Financial Manager: Shawn McCullough

Produce Manager: Evan Diamond

What’s New

Upcoming Co-op Events!

September 10, 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 7:00 PM
Local Foods Month Sampling Session
Local vendors
Café Seating Area & Store Aisles

The East End Food Co-op is committed to prioritizing and promoting local food sources whenever possible, and the annual observance of Local Foods Month every September offers us a special opportunity to highlight our local farmers and producers. Join us for a free sampling session that will take place throughout the aisles of the entire store. You will have a chance to meet the suppliers of some of your favorite local products, including offerings from Clarion River Organics, Healcrest Urban Farm, Cherish Creamery, Pastitio, and more. Don’t miss this tasting adventure!

This event is FREE; no reservations are required!

Monday, September 29, 9:00-10:30 AM
National Coffee Day Celebration
Local vendors
Café Seating Area

Whether you’re a connoisseur or a novice, all are welcome to come celebrate and enjoy this popular beverage with our local roasters and suppliers! Join La Prima Espresso Company and 19 Coffee Company as they speak to the subtleties of the roasting process while serving up free samples of fresh espresso and several brewed coffee varietals. Building New Hope, a Pittsburgh-based non-profit that partners with a worker-owned coffee cooperative in Nicaragua, will also be on hand to talk about the origins of this beloved bean and what it means to pay coffee growers a fair trade price.

This event is FREE; no reservations are required!

Wednesday, October 8, 6:30 PM
Exploring Fair Trade
Tim McGrail, Equal Exchange
Carnegie Library – Homewood

October is Fair Trade Month and Co-op Month! Join us to learn more about both of these social and economic models and how they work hand in hand. After a brief history of the fair trade movement, Tim will highlight various co-ops that produce Equal Exchange products and discuss how fair trade has benefited their operations. Finally, we’ll explore how cooperative principles tie small farmers, Equal Exchange, and The East End Food Co-op together in an authentic fair trade supply chain.

This event is FREE; just call 412-242-3598 to reserve your spot!

Tuesday, October 14, 7:00 PM
Organic on a Budget
Caitlin Grater Kapoor, Grater Health
Café Seating Area

Eating organic foods doesn’t have to break the bank! Join us for a discussion on how eating organic can benefit your health and our planet. This workshop covers all the basics of how to make organic affordable, including purchasing in season, buying in bulk, couponing, savvy meal planning, and proper methods for storing produce and other whole foods. Caitlin will also share tips on using pantry staples to build quick and delicious meals everyone will love.

This event is FREE; just call 412-242-3598 to reserve your spot!

Wednesday, October 22, 6:30 PM
DIY Backyard Composting
Travis Leivo, Shadyside Worms
Gemini Theater

Backyard composting is a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to keep those kitchen scraps from piling up in your garbage can—don’t let your small yard (or lack thereof) keep you from trying it out! Composting professional Travis Leivo will discuss different methods that can be used in a variety of urban settings, from backyards to porches. A basic understanding of soil science and the stages of decomposition, as well as some easy troubleshooting skills will arm you with everything you need to get started.

This event is FREE; just call 412-242-3598 to reserve your spot!

Wednesday, October 29, 6:30 PM
Yoga for Coping and Healing
Melissa Havran, Yoga 17
Carnegie Library – Homewood

As a certified Yoga instructor and a busy mom, Melissa is all too familiar with the stress and challenges of family, work, and life. Yoga can be an empowering method of dealing with these daily pressures. Join Melissa as she takes you through a series of yoga postures and breathing exercises guaranteed to calm both the mind and body, making you more aware of the world around you and feeling energized to take on life’s challenges. Be sure to bring your yoga mat! Namaste.

This event is FREE; just call 412-242-3598 to reserve your spot!

Weekly Produce Specials!

September 2, 2014

Produce Specials September 17 – 23


Local Organic Blue Potatoes $1.99 per pound reg: $2.99 Clarion River Organics, Sligo, PA
Local Organic Butternut Squash $0.99 per pound reg: $1.99 Clarion River Organics, Sligo, PA
Organic Celery $1.99 each reg: $2.99 Product of USA
Seasonal Selection
Local Organic Kiwi Berry $5.49 each Kiwi Korners, Danville, PA
Organic Okra $4.99 per pound Product of USA
Organic Hannah Sweet Potato, 3# Bag $4.99 each California Grown
Organic Pineapple $3.99 each Product of Costa Rica

Your Co-op’s Open Letter to Eden Foods

July 16, 2014

In recent weeks we have heard from a number of members and customers in regards to Eden Foods relationship to the Supreme Court ruling in the Hobby Lobby case. We really do love to hear from our customers and members and feel that this type of dialogue is healthy and beneficial for our Co-op. Although we very much respect everyone’s stance on this matter, the Co-op serves a diverse community of customers, both member and non-member. What we have found is that our focus is on healthy foods and we can’t often let that pursuit be thwarted by politics that our members have divided stances on. We try to support fair trade, organics, cooperatively-produced products, and local providers, but all in all our biggest goal remains healthy foods.

We feel that our primary responsibility to our members is to select products based on our product policies (find them here). Related to this, Eden’s offerings are amongst the most pure products available at the Co-op. Eden has been an industry leader in organics and maintaining standards in the face of corporate attacks. They have fought openly within the industry & to outside interests to maintain organic standards, as numerous attempts to water them down have been attempted. They also almost single handedly brought BPA-free lining into cans to the US market.

Although we do not have any plans to discontinue carrying this product, we do still realize that we are representatives of our membership. It is for this reason that we have written an Open Letter to Eden Foods (see below) and we will be forwarding any comments we receive on this topic directly to Eden Foods, so they may understand the potential impact their decisions may have on the future livelihood of their company.We also encourage anyone interested to share their thoughts directly with Eden Foods by emailing, or writing to the address on our Open Letter to Eden Foods.

In closing, we always encourage consumers (customers or otherwise) to realize the power they have in how they spend their money. Your dollar is like a vote and you’re always able to use that vote to support or boycott products. We are sure that if you boycott this company, you will still find plenty on our shelves worth ‘voting’ for.

Click on the link to read the Co-op’s Open Letter to Eden Foods



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