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

What’s New

Upcoming Events at Your Co-op!

April 17, 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 6:30 PM
Parenting by Connection
Karen Bernard, EEFC Book Buyer

Family/community mediator, counselor, and certified teacher, Karen Bernard will present the basic ideas of Parenting by Connection, a series of booklets that are now available at the Co-op. This approach emphasizes listening to children’s feelings and encourages parents to develop listening partnerships with other parents. This interactive workshop will include open discussion, questions, and the opportunity to practice listening. To allow parents to share freely, this event is for adults only.

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

Wednesday, April 30, 7:00 PM
Small Space Gardening
Bob Madden, Garden Dreams Urban Farm & Nursery

Do you have a small yard, patio, porch, sidewalk, or even a window sill? Then you can garden! In this workshop, Bob Madden will cover many tactics for producing high yields of fruits and vegetables in small spaces. Strategies include using vertical space, containers, indoor growing, Bio-intensive spacing, and high fertility soil. Come learn about maximizing the growing potential of the small spaces in your garden and around your home.

This event is currently at capacity so we can no longer accept additional RSVPs.

Wednesday, May 7, 6:30 PM
Urban Biking Forum
Dan Yablonsky, BikePGH

Join us for an informal educational opportunity on the basics for confident city cycling. The Urban Biking Forum is based on the understanding that every participant comes with specific questions in mind, and also brings useful personal insights.  Through friendly discussion, participants will have their questions answered and come away with a better understanding of how people safely bike in Pittsburgh. All participants will receive a free copy of BikePGH’s Urban Biking Companion.

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

Wednesday, May 14, 6:30 PM
Sheep to Shawl
Jen Montgomery, Blackberry Meadows Farm & Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA)

Hearken back to homesteader days at this PASA Sustainability School workshop and learn how to turn sheep’s wool from a raw material into a rustic shawl. Farmer Jen Montgomery will provide an overview of each step in this transformative process, and then demonstrate the fiber arts of carding, spinning, and knitting. Participants will be invited to try their hand at each technique if they choose. Knitters, bring your needles! A free shawl knitting pattern and fiber arts resources will be provided.

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

Wednesday, May 21, 6:30 PM
Celebrate the Rain! Watershed Awareness/Rain Barrel Workshop
Nancy Martin, Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC)

Don’t miss out on an abundant, free supply of the earth’s most valuable resource–fresh, clean, rainwater! This workshop will demonstrate how to build a rain barrel that will harvest and store rainwater from your roof for use in your garden and landscape. Participants will return home with the knowledge and necessary hardware to assemble and install a rain barrel, in addition to a $10 coupon good toward the purchase of a 55-gallon drum at Penn Barrel Company.  Learn how to practice watershed protection and conservation in your own backyard.

This event costs $50/person or $55/couple (payable to PRC); contact Nancy Martin at (412) 488-7490 ext. 247 or email her at to reserve your spot!

Saturday, May 24, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Coffee Break with the Board
The Member Linkage Committee of the Board of Directors

The Member Linkage Committee of the Board of Directors is hosting “Coffee Break with the Board” from 2 – 4 PM on Saturday, May 24, in the Co-op’s Administrative Offices Training Room. Members are invited to join the Committee to share their thoughts about expansion and policy governance. The event is free and light snacks and beverages will be provided. Because seating is limited, please RSVP by calling 412-242-3598 to reserve your spot. We look forward to sharing ideas with all who are able to attend.

Wednesday, May 28, 7:00 PM
Product Sourcing Guidelines
Justin Pizzella, EEFC General Manager

Did you ever wonder how a product gets on the shelf here at the Co-op? Or why things are priced the way they are? Join Justin Pizzella, our GM, as he discusses the store’s product sourcing guidelines, especially our commitment to supplying whole, local, organic, sustainably-sourced foods to the community. He will also review our pricing strategy, and explain how this works together with the guidelines toward achieving the core values expressed in the Ends Policy Statement of our Co-op. Justin will begin with an informational presentation and then allow plenty of time for your questions.

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


Weekly Produce Specials!

April 15, 2014

Produce Specials  April 16 – 22

Organic Celery 1.99 reg: $2.49
Organic Valencia Oranges, 4# bag 2/$8 reg: $5.49
Organic Bartlett Pears 1.99 reg: $2.99
Organic Slicing Tomatoes 1.99 reg: $2.99
Organic Gala Apples, 3# Bag 5.99 reg: $7.99
Organic Granny Smith Apples, 3# Bag 5.99 reg: $7.99
Organic Easter Egg Radishes 2/$5 reg: $2.99
Organic Bunched Rainbow Carrots 2/$5 reg: $2.99

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 receipts 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

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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