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Join us in an exciting new project for our neighborhood, the creation of a community owned grocery store — the Rogers Park Food Co-op.

Rogers Park Food Co-op will be a community-owned cooperative grocer. We will be your friendly neighborhood store, offering access to trusted sources for healthy, locally grown, sustainable and artisanal foods.

We will offer food education programs, serve as a gathering place for the community, and foster strong ties among our ethnically diverse neighborhood.

Rogers Park is one of the 77 community areas on the north side of the City of Chicago. We are home to people from all over the world—our 55,000 residents speak more than 38 languages and come from more than 82 countries. Rogers Park is the only neighborhood in Chicago where residents can live just steps away from the shores of Lake Michigan.

We are reaching out to you to spread the word. This project requires the support of the entire community to make it happen.  


Announcing the new Rogers Park Food Co-op T-shirtShirt

Show your support for the Rogers Park Food Co-op with our stylish new T-shirt! Designed by our volunteers, the t-shirts come in an attractive spring-green color with our new logo on the front and "Lettuce Build a Co-op Together" on the back.

Now 100% Union made in USA!

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  • Upcoming events

    Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 07:00 PM

    RPFC Board Meeting

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    The Rogers Park Food Co-op is based on democracy and transparency.  Therefore, all Co-op Owners are invited to attend our bimonthly Board meetings, held on the first and third Thursday of each month.

    If you require accommodations for accessibility, please let us know in advance at ContactUs@RogersParkFoodCoop.com.

    The next Board meeting will be:

    Thursday, March 16th
    7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

    Unity Church Board Room (3rd Floor)
    1925 W Thome Ave
    Chicago, IL 60660


    Directions:
    Thome is the first street south of Devon just west of Ridge.
    The Building is a Tudor located on the South Side of the Street

    Parking:
    Entry to the Parking Lot is on the west side of the building or in front of the building Thome.

    Entrance:
    Front door on Thome
    Back/side door from Winchester parking lot.
    Please Proceed up the 2 set of stairs.
    Board Room is Located on the Third Floor to the Left

    For more information, please email ContactUs@RogersParkFoodCoop.com


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    Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 07:00 PM

    RPFC Committee Meeting

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    Joining a Committee is a great way to contribute your expertise in a particular area. Do you have photography skills or a way with words? Join our marketing committee. Do you like meeting and talking with new people? Join the outreach committee.
     
    All of our Committees are detailed here.   Take a look, see what interests you, and then simply check the box/es. One of our Committee Members will then be in contact.
     
    Not Sure, or need more information? Join us and sit in on an informal information session.
     
    Committee meetings, are held on the second and fourth Thursday of each month.
     
    If you require accommodations for accessibility, please let us know in advance at ContactUs@RogersParkFoodCoop.com.
     
     
    Unity Church Board Room (3rd Floor)
    1925 W Thome Ave
    Chicago, IL 60660
     
    Directions:
    Thome is the first street south of Devon just west of Ridge.
    The Building is a Tudor located on the South Side of the Street

    Parking:
    Entry to the Parking Lot is on the west side of the building or in front of the building Thome.

    Entrance:
    Front door on Thome
    Back/side door from Winchester parking lot.
    Please Proceed up the 2 set of stairs.
    Board Room is Located on the Third Floor to the Left
     
    For more information, please email ContactUs@RogersParkFoodCoop.com

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    The Rogers Park Food Co-op November Newsletter is Here!

    Rogers Park Food Co-op     Rogers Park Food Co-op   An innovative grocery co-op, providing better food choices and education to our community.           Ownership Update 204 Owners! Welcome to new Owners Robyn Markum #202, Sean Rholl #203, Jeffrey Holman #204 Give the Gift of Better Food! Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? Shopping for someone who doesn't want more “stuff”? Why not give the gift of better food choice for the community by making them an Owner of the Rogers Park Food Co-op? A gift Ownership of the Rogers Park Food Co-op is the perfect holiday gift for the person in your life who wants to make a positive impact on his or her community. Give the Gift of Ownership! Don't forget to like us on Facebook! Be sure to invite your friends to like us as well!     Be an Owner!       Announcements     Board Activities   Please Welcome Corey Pagán-Banks to the RPFC Board! Corey, Owner #115, has been appointed to the Board of the Rogers Park Food Co-op. Corey, who is a fixture of the Rogers Park community, also works with A Just Harvest and coaches youth football.       Opportunity Knocks: Board Openings and Elections for Board of Director Positions for the Rogers Park Food Co-op   Thank you for becoming an Owner of our very own Rogers Park Food Co-op. As an Owner who joined prior to October 15, 2016, you are eligible to run for the Board. Now is the time to consider how you might like to contribute to the development of our co-op? With a New Year upon us, it is a great opportunity to engage with something new. Be part of creating something wonderful here in Rogers Park. We have made tremendous strides in moving the co-op forward in 2016 and are entering an exciting stage where we will be making many important decisions like site selection, product guidelines and sourcing! The Co-op has a total of 9 Board positions. Roux Nolan, Adam Schwartz, Mary Meyer and Linda Prucher were elected to the Board in 2016, Hank Rouse and Corey Pagán-Banks were voted in to fill vacancies and will be running in the upcoming elections, that leaves 3 positions open. We invite you to attend a Board meeting to learn more about our work. Board Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the the month, Dec, 1st and 15 and January 5th and 19th at Unity in Chicago, 1925 W. Thome from 7 - 8:30 pm.  RSVP Here: We will be holding 2 candidate information sessions early next year on Saturday, Jan. 7th and Tuesday, Jan. 10th. All interested candidates are required to attend an information session prior to submitting an application for the Board. We will be sending out more information in early January, in the meantime please give consideration to running for a Board position, You may review our by-laws on at our website, www.rogersparkfoodcoop.com/bylaws All of us working on the co-op are very happy that we have something positive to work on that will make a difference in the life of our community, our shoppers and our farmers.If you would like to have a conversation about the work of the Board I will be happy to meet with you, Mary@RogersParkFoodCoop.com Thank you again for your ongoing support, Together, we can make our co-op a reality.     Upcoming Board Retreat   After our highly successful September Ownership Campaign the RPFC is entering a new and exciting phase in our development. During the second week of December, The Board of Directors will spend three consecutive days setting the priorities and charting the next phase for 2017. The retreat will center around 4 major themes: Launching the Market Feasibility Study Initiating the Business Plan Prioritization and Reorganization of the Co-op Diversity Training and Outreach. Stay-tuned for new announcements and initiatives and get involved where you can, this is going to get exciting!     Upcoming Events     Happy Holidays From The Rogers Park Food Co-Op!   The Rogers Park Food Co-op would like to wish all of our community a happy holiday season! Whichever holiday you celebrate, we hope it is full of joy and love. So that we may take some time to relax and celebrate with our friends and family, the Rogers Park Food Co-op has no events planned for the month of December. Please continue to check our Facebook Page for the most up-to date information regarding upcoming events and activities. The Board of the Rogers Park Food Co-op would like to thank all of our supporters and Owners for the tremendous success we've had in 2016, and we look forward to continued progress in 2017. Happy Holidays!     View all upcoming events   Community Happenings     Working with the Peterson Garden Project   By Hank Rouse, Owner #71 11-4-2016: I awoke early and boarded a red line car filled with Cubs fans headed down to the parade. In a moment, I honestly thought “It’s Friday, I should go back to bed.” So happy that I stayed on course, and proceeded to the Broadway Amory Park 2nd floor kitchen, home of the PGP Community Cooking School Peterson Garden Projects “Fresh Fridays – Brain Food” was a fun and rewarding experience. We had an informal talk with Syeda Farid, Registered Dietitian at Swedish Covenant Hospital and Galter Life Center, learning about foods to maintain a healthy brain. She gave us specific examples of how to incorporate portions in moderation, rather than going overboard as most Americans do. We even learned how to make homemade cheese. Who Knew, I will certainly have to YouTube that! All the while Chef Fresh, Peterson Garden Project’s Resident Chef, and others readied the kitchen. Not only did we get to watch Chef Fresh, we learned some techniques like how to juice a lime with a spoon, or how to use the skin from the avocado to take the pit off your knife. Or how to ALWAYS add Black Pepper to any dish with turmeric as the black pepper with enhance the bioavailability 7 to 8 fold. We tasted two different types of dark chocolate, and made: Guacamole with Toasted Pepitas, Golden Paste (sorta like a puree of turmeric and ginger) which we then turned into Golden Milk; not even close to a homemade almond or cashew milk, and something you would not pour over your cereal either. Then we finished it with a Blueberry Walnut Salad. Who knew candied almonds were so simple to make. This budding cook learned LOTS, and is excited for his next class!If you are ever looking for something to do, I'd check out PGP.(Also Hank has a coupon code for some of their classes.  Just msg him.)     Shop Local this Holiday Season   The Rogers Park Business Alliance is happy to announce that our rebate program is expanding this year to include ALL independently-owned businesses in Rogers Park! Yes, it's that very special time of year! Shop local in Rogers Park and get $50 back!Starting November 25th through December 31, 2016. Collect $100 or more in receipts from at least 3 different independently-owned businesses in Rogers Park and receive a $25 rebate. Collect $150 or more and receive a $50 rebate. That’s a good deal for the people on your gift list, for Rogers Park and for you. For more information, rules & boundaries, visit www.rpba.org/live-love-shop.  
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    The Rogers Park Food Co-op October Newsletter is Here!

    Rogers Park Food Co-op     Rogers Park Food Co-op   An innovative grocery co-op, providing better food choices and education to our community.           Ownership Update 201 Owners! Welcome to new owners Nicole Oppenheim #196, Kate Alpert #197, Paul Estrich #198, Rebecca Conant #199, Frank Maguire, Ron Heister & Alan Walker #192, UnCommon Ground, Edgewater & Lakeview, Helen and Michael Cameron #200, and Cornelia, Frank and Danny Babbitt #201. Don't forget to like us of Facebook! Be sure to invite your friends to like us as well!Email VolunteerCoordinator@RogersParkFoodCoop.com if there are household members that should be included in this list.What's your Owner Number, look it up here     Be an owner!       Announcements     Board Activities   Please Welcome Hank Rouse to the RPFC Board! Hank Rouse, Owner #71, has been appointed to the Board of the Rogers Park Food Co-op. Hank became an Owner in October of 2015 at our first Harvest Dinner and Barn Dance.  Hank began his work as a RPFC volunteer after our Annual Owners Meeting in March of 2016, when he saw a "Clear Pathway to Volunteering".  Ever since, he has worked tirelessly to ensure others are provided clear pathways as well.  First on the Communications Committee, later the IT Team, and now Hank is our IT Manager.  Read his board application here:   Permanent Meeting Space All Board and Committee meeting will be taking place at Unity in Chicago, 1925 W Thome Ave, Chicago, IL 60660.   Board Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month, 7 - 8:30 pm. Committee Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, 7 - 8:30 pm. A big thank you goes to Unity in Chicago for providing us with a suitable space for our meetings.      Upcoming Events     Our Neighbors' Kitchen   When: Friday, November 11th 7pm - 9pm Where: Loyola University, Centennial Forum, Rambler Room 1125 W Loyola Ave Chicago, IL 60626 Google map and directions Who are your neighbors?  What are their customs?  What do they eat?  How does their culture promote healthy eating and lifestyle?  What can I learn from their traditions?  For a typical neighborhood throughout the world these questions may be simple, but not so for Rogers Park.  In a Community that speaks 81 languages and is 35% foreign born, our neighbors, loved ones, and friends have vast cultural knowledge to share. Join Rogers Park Food Co-op for a free chef demonstration, tasting and discussion with a focus on global cuisine and the diverse food landscape of our neighborhood. Food and Wine Magazine, 2016 Best New Chef Iliana Regan will discuss sustainable cuisine. Dietetic Interns from the Loyola University School of Nursing Community Nursing Center will facilitate a conversation about mindful eating and tasting our food. Photo credit: Food and Wine Reserve your FREE ticket HERE.     View all upcoming events     Committee Spotlight Events Committee   The Events Committee of the Co-op is always busy planning and executing fun and exciting activities for the Rogers Park community. We have held events such as a wine tasting and a film screening in the past, and we are the ones who bring to life the Co-op's Annual Meeting each year. The big plan for the coming year is to organize a series of chef demonstration and tasting events based around some of the many cuisines found in our neighborhood. We plan to bring you entertaining, interactive, and flavorful evenings to learn about a new cuisine or to celebrate your own. Events always require many Volunteers, from the people who brainstorm ideas through, the planners who execute those ideas, to the people who show up early to set up for an event and stay late to put everything away. If helping to plan and execute Events is something you enjoy, consider joining the Events Committee!Need more information, checkout the Event Coordinator Position here       Thank You to Supporting Businesses   Taste Food and Wine Taste Food and Wine, 1506 W. Jarvis, gets stellar reviews from wine enthusiasts. In addition to wine, they stock beer, cider, and a nice selection of imported cheeses, meats, and other deli items. They also have a Wine of the Month Club and twice weekly free wine tastings. All this is in their modest store on Jarvis. Taste is also a good neighbor and made a very generous donation of wine for the drawing at the RPFC Annual Meeting last year. Be sure to thank them for their support of the Co-op when you stop in for a bottle of wine.  
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  • commented 2017-08-10 09:32:39 -0500
    Hi Rogers Park! Great page!
  • commented 2015-08-23 22:17:28 -0500 · Flag
    Congratulations, RPFC! The website looks terrific!
  • commented 2015-08-22 10:10:33 -0500 · Flag
    I’d like to take a moment to welcome everyone to our new website! We hope this will be a helpful tool to provide information and open a conversation between the co-op owners, supporters and our whole community.

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