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!

November 19, 2014
November 12th – 25th
Organic Granny Smith Apples $1.99 per pound Reg: $2.49 Washington Grown
November 12th – December 2nd
Local Organic Red Potatoes $1.29 per pound Reg: $1.69 Clarion River Organics,  PA
Local Organic Pumpkins $1.29 per pound Reg: $1.99 Clarion River Organics,  PA
Local Organic Candy Onions $1.29 per pound Reg: $1.69 Clarion River Organics,  PA
Local Organic Sauerkraut $4.99 ea Reg: $2.99 Clarion River Organics,  PA
Local Organic Butternut Squash $0.99 per pound Reg: $6.99 Organic Valley Farms, PA
Organic Celery $1.99 ea Reg: $1.99 California Grown
Organic Carrot 5# Bag $3.99 ea Reg: $5.49 Product of Canada
Organic Russet Potato $0.99 per pound Reg: $1.49 Colorado Grown
Organic Russet Potato 5# Bag $2.99 ea Reg: $5.99 Colorado Grown
Organic Yellow Onions $1.29 per pound Reg: $1.69 Nevada Grown
Organic Yellow Onions 3# Bag $2.99 ea Reg: $3.99 Nevada Grown
Organic Garnet Yams $1.49 per pound Reg: $2.49 California Grown
November 19th – December 2nd
Organic Baby Carrots 2/$3 1 lb bag Reg: $1.69  USA
Organic Grape Tomatoes 2/$6 each Reg: $3.99  USA
Organic Green Bell Peppers $1.99 per pound Reg: $2.99  Florida Grown
Organic Pomegranates 2/$3 each  2/$5  California Grown

Upcoming Co-op Events!

October 9, 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 6:30 PM
Happy, Healthy Holidays!
Allegheny Chesapeake Physical Therapy
Allegheny Chesapeake Office in The Factory

The winter holidays are upon us, do you have a plan to stay healthy and stress-free amid the inevitable barrage of cookie trays, house guests, and inclement weather? Don’t worry, the experts at Allegheny Chesapeake have you covered! Learn positive ways to manage the stress caused by your busy holiday calendar and pick up some tips on staying healthy, fit, and safe despite tempting treats and harsh weather. Led by a team including Physical Therapists, a Dietician Nutritionist, and Massage Therapist, this event will give you the confidence to face your winter challenges head-on!

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

Wednesday, December 10, 7 PM
Healing Foods
Rosemary Traill, Natural Health Counselor and Cooking Instructor
EEFC Café Seating Area

The USDA guidelines recommend that plant foods make up the majority of our diet, but what does this look like in your shopping cart and on your plate? Rosemary will discuss the health benefits and healing properties of whole grains like brown rice, barley, and millet. You will leave this workshop with an understanding of the uses and benefits of beans and bean products including: tofu, tempeh, and miso. Leafy green vegetables will also be discussed as we discover the treasure trove of healthful and restorative foods on our Co-op’s shelves.

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

Thursday, December 11, 6 PM
Open Studio Night
Nora Gilchrist, Community Liaison
Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse

Are you struggling to find the perfect gift for that person who has everything? Why not make something unique and sustainable out of upcycled materials? Join the East End Food Co-op and Pittsburgh’s Center for Creative Reuse 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 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, December 17, 6:30 PM
Crafting the Perfect Cheese Tray
Caldwell Linker, EEFC Cheese Buyer and Department Coordinator
Gemini Theater

Our East End Food Co-op’s cheese expert, Caldwell, wants to teach you the ins and outs of assembling the perfect cheese tray just in time for your big dinner, office party, or holiday soiree. With ten years of experience and unparalleled passion for all things cheese, Caldwell is well equipped to guide you in constructing the ideal holiday spread. How much cheese should you serve? What pairs well together? Which varieties are the best fit for your event? Learn the answers to all of these questions and more while sampling some delicious examples.

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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