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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

Email

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

Weekly Produce Specials!

October 29, 2014

Produce Specials October 29 – Nov 4

Local Organic Candy Onions $1.19 per pound reg: $1.69 Clarion River Organics, PA
Local Organic Butternut Squash $0.99 per pound reg: $1.99 Clarion River Organics, PA
Local Organic Black Radish $1.99 per pound reg: $2.99 Clarion River Organics, PA
Local Organic China Rose Radish $1.99 per pound reg: $2.99 Clarion River Organics, PA
Local Organic Watermelon Radish $1.99 per pound reg: $2.99 Clarion River Organics, PA
Local Organic Green Meat Radish $1.99 per pound reg: $2.99 Clarion River Organics, PA
Local Bartlett Pears $1.49 per pound reg: $2.99 Maxim Berry Farm, PA
Organic Green Kale $1.99 ea reg: $2.99 North Carolina Grown
Organic Carrots, 5# Bag $3.49 ea reg: $5.49 Product of Canada
Organic Raspberries $3.99 ea reg: $5.99 California Grown
Organic Braeburn Apples $1.99 per pound reg: $2.99 Washington Grown
Organic Gala Apples $1.99 per pound reg: $2.99 Washington Grown
Organic Anjou Pears $1.99 per pound reg: $2.99 Washington Grown
Organic Hass Avocado 2/$3 ea reg: $2.49 Mexico
Organic Corn $8/ dozen reg: $0.99 Product of Canada
Organic Carrots, Baby 2# Bags $2.99 ea reg: $3.99 Product of USA
Organic Young Thai Coconuts $3.49 ea reg: $4.99 Product of Thailand

Upcoming Co-op Events!

October 9, 2014

Wednesday, November 5, 6:30 PM
Vermicomposting
Nancy Martin, Pennsylvania Resources Council
Gemini Theater

Whether you’re completely new to composting or are looking to take your current routine up a notch, consider vermicomposting! Worms produce castings that are great for your soil and, if sheltered from the cold, they can stay in production all year round. Environmental educator Nancy Martin will provide everything you need to get started—including the worms! You will leave this event with a complete, ready-to-use vermiculture system, and the necessary knowledge to house, feed, and care for your own worms.

The cost of this event is $50 per person and $55 for couples; to register call Nancy Martin at 412-488-7490 ext. 247 or register online at: http://www.zerowastepgh.org/ZW-PRC-byvc.html#worms. Online registrations must be received by October 30th.

Wednesday, November 12, 6:30 PM
Essential Juices and Smoothies
Jenni Hulburt, Health and Fitness Coach
Gemini Theater

Essential oils are more than just pretty scents. As nature’s potent plant extracts, essential oils boast therapeutic benefits well beyond aromatherapy. Join health and fitness coach Jenni Hulburt to learn how to use real food ingredients and food-grade essential oils to make healthy juices and smoothies, and get tips on incorporating them into your daily life. With a focus on holistic approaches to fitness and nutrition, Jenni will discuss how introducing essential oils into your diet can help you achieve your health and wellness goals.

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

Monday, November 17, 7 PM
Holiday Meal Planning—For Everyone!
Emily Levenson, Holistic Health Coach
EEFC Café Seating Area

Are you hosting family and friends for a holiday meal this year? Even if you’re just supplying a side dish for a potluck dinner, accommodating special diets and food allergies can be difficult. Avoid the stress this season by learning how to plan a large meal around different dietary concerns. Holistic health coach Emily Levenson will advise you on planning for guests that are avoiding gluten, dairy, or sugar, and will also provide easy tips for including vegetarian and vegan guests in your feasting festivities.

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

Co-op Shoppers Give Back Over $12K in First Year of Register Round Up

April 10, 2014

In its inaugural year, East End Food Co-op shoppers contributed a total of $12,909.92 to local charitable organizations through the Register Round Up program!

The Register Round Up Program was introduced in April 2013.  The program’s concept is simple: As customers are rung up for their purchases, they are asked if they want to round up their total to the nearest dollar, this difference is then donated to a charity selected by the Co-op. Although this rounding up may only cost a few cents to the customer, when combined with all the other customers’ spare change, it results in a significant contribution.

A thank you note from Shirl Regan, President/CEO of the Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, helps highlight how spare change can really add up: “Thank you for your donation through the proceeds of Register Round Up! Your contributions provided almost 7,000 clients access to the specific programs and resources they need, so that they can heal from trauma and move on to safe, productive lives.”

The East End Food Co-op elects a different organization each month to receive the donations. Priority is given to local organizations that support causes related to nutrition, education, food access, and sustainability, and whose missions are in line with the Co-op’s Ends Statement:

The East End Food Co-op exists to enhance the physical and social health in our community. To these ends, we will create:

  • A sustainable member-owned business open to everyone
  • An ethical and resilient food infrastructure
  • A vibrant, dynamic community of happy, healthy people
  • A creative vision to transform the future

Organizations are recognized during their Round Up month with a write-up in the Co-op’s monthly newsletter, The Co-operator, through the Co-op’s social media channels, and in-store with signage at each check out. Organizations are also welcomed into the store where they can hand out brochures and promotional materials and chat with shoppers about their organization’s mission and the work they do in the community. The Co-op does not retain any portion of the proceeds from each month of Rounding Up; everything is donated to that month’s charity.

Organizations that were selected as 2013/2014 Register Round Up recipients include:

  • Shady Lane
  • Clean Water Action
  • Food for Change
  • POWER (Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery)
  • Institute for Responsible Technology
  • Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh Faison K-5
  • Nine Mile Watershed Association
  • Just Harvest
  • Children’s Institute
  • Grow Pittsburgh
  • Bike Pittsburgh

With the exception of the month of October, Register Round Up recipients have been chosen for the remainder of the calendar year. They include:

  • Hope Haven Farm (June)
  • Braddock Youth Project (July)
  • Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center (August)
  • Shady Lane (September)
  • Backpacks for Hunger (November)
  • Neighborhood Learning Alliance (December)

Local organizations that wish to be a 2015/2016 recipient of the Register Round Up can find the application form and criteria online at www.eastendfood.coop/co-op/community/donations.

The Register Round Up program helps the Co-op fulfill the seventh cooperative principle: concern for community.  It also gives our shoppers an easy way to give back to local charitable organizations that are providing great work in Pittsburgh communities.  Thank you to all the Co-op shoppers who have Rounded Up this year!

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