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: 412-244-1898

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

Weekly Produce Specials!

December 17, 2014

December 17 – 23

Organic Bunched Broccoli ea 2/$5 reg: $4.49
Organic Russet Potatoes 5 lb bag 2/$6 reg: $4.99
Organic Avocados ea 4/$5 reg: $2/$4

Upcoming Co-op Events!

October 9, 2014

Thursday, January 8, 6 PM
Open Studio Night
Nora Gilchrist, Community Liaison
Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse

Happy New Year! Resolve to start 2015 off sustainably with some crafty acts of reuse and conservation by joining the East End Food Co-op and Pittsburgh’s Center for Creative Reuse (PCCR) for an Open Studio Night and potluck. PCCR shares our Co-op’s enthusiasm for material resource conservation and has invited us to join them—a second time—for an evening of creative reuse. Explore PCCR’s bulk section and use standard tools to assemble one of a kind treasures in this self-guided crafting event. Bring a friend, a snack to share, and your imagination!

This is a pay-what-you-wish event for people 18 and older. Please call 412-242-3598 to RSVP!

Wednesday, January 14, 6:30 PM
Restoring Balance
Ryan Hetrick, Filmmaker and Nutrition Coach
Gemini Theater

Have you ever wondered how your diet effects your body and brain’s ability to function properly? Ryan Hetrick is a Neurocognitive and Traumatic Brain Injury Specialist who has grappled with this issue for nearly a decade. Through his work as a nutritional coach, Ryan sees the effectiveness of nutritional therapies for a wide range of ailments and has begun documenting his findings in his imminent film, Restoring Balance, Autism. Join us in learning how some of the top food allergens impact our health and how we can replace or avoid them for the better.

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

Saturday, January 17, 1:30 PM
Fed Up
Women for a Healthy Environment & Leah Lizarondo, Brazen Kitchen
Carnegie Library—Homewood

Our Co-op is partnering with Women for a Healthy Environment and local writer and food activist, Leah Lizarondo, to host a screening of the documentary film, Fed Up. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring members of our community who are working to foster a healthier food system. Fed Up seeks to expose the truth behind diet-related illnesses that have reached epidemic proportions. Come participate in an exploration of what’s wrong with our collective diet and health and learn what members of our community are doing to change the way we consume, access, and think about food.

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

Wednesday, January 21, 6:30 PM
Sustainability Pioneers
Kirsi Jansa, The Institute for Green Science at Carnegie Mellon University
Gemini Theater

What does sustainability look like in Pittsburgh? How can we transition to renewable energy sources and what impact would that have on our city? Documentary filmmaker and CMU video journalist Kirsi Jansa offers answers to these questions in new documentary film series, Sustainability Pioneers, which features vignettes of Southwest Pennsylvania residents’ journey toward a new economy based on clean and renewable energy sources. Our Co-op is excited to show the first installments of Sustainability Pioneers, and host a panel discussion on community power—led by Kirsi—including Rachel Carson Scholar Patricia Demarco and Sharon Pillar of Solarize Allegheny.

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

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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