Help Build The Dorchester Food Co-op

This effort is part of a collaboration between Cooperative Development Institute (CDI) and the Dorchester Food Co-op (DFC) to build a more just, sustainable and resilient food system in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester.

The Mission of the DORCHESTER FOOD CO-OP is to challenge the traditional food system by building a community and worker-owned asset that nourishes, employs, and reinvests in the local community.  

We believe that everyone has the right to wholesome food.  ~

We are building the Dorchester Food Co-op!
Cooperation is our approach.    Justice is our goal.

We need to raise funds to build out, equip, stock and staff the community and worker owned store, and we are inviting all who believe in this vision to be part of this movement. 

Our non-profit developer has already started construction on  Bowdoin Street, where the Co-op will be located with 41 units of affordable housing, and we will start the build out of our 6,000 sq. ft. space, in late spring 2022. 

(Rendering of our future store at 195 Bowdoin St.  Illustration only.)

Giving to Dorchester Food Co-op today helps meet this goal.
Together, we will build an asset that is truly of, by, and for the community. And best of all, the community will OWN it, building financial strength for the co-op and the community for decades to come.  We’re glad you’re with us.

We invite you to follow our progress on Instagram and Facebook. 
Not a member yet? Click here to  Join NOW 
(All are welcome to become member-owners, not just Dorchester residents)
Please share this Go Fund Me page on your social media to spread the work!

Many companies match the donations their employees make. This means that you can double your impact after you give to Dorchester Food Co-op just by requesting a matching gift from your employer. Companies usually match donations at a 1:1 ratio, but some match at a 2:1, 3:1, or even a 4:1 ratio!  Please check with your employer or HR department for details. If they provide a matching gift claim form, please complete it and send it to us at: Dorchester Food Co-op, PO Box 240231, Dorchester,  MA 02124.


In 2012, neighbors gathered to discuss the policies and practices that cause limited food access and lack of investment in our community. Through a series of resident-led planning meetings, we developed a vision of a co-operative market that will:

     ~ reflect and build power for local residents while working with
                   partners to strengthen a robust, local food system. 
     ~ weave educational programs around food, health and social justice
                   into the culture of our co-op.  
     ~ recognize the unequal impact of climate change on
                   Communities of Color 

There are three stages to building food co-ops: GROW, FUND, BUILD

For the past 10 years, in the "GROW Stage", we created a strong cooperative led by more than 968 household member-owners and Board members who represent Dorchester’s racial and cultural diversity. We’ve built a strong plan, developed partnerships, and organized programs to increase food access, economic investment and public health in our community including:

     ~  Boston’s first Winter Farmers’ Market
     ~ “Fresh Fridays” outdoors summer café 
     ~ Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in partnership with urban farms 
     ~ “PopUp” farm stands at senior centers 
     ~ “Green Future Fest,” highlighting climate justice work in our communities.

Now we are ready to FUND the co-op.  
Stand with us! Together, we can raise the money to BUILD the Co-op

Thank you for your support!

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Dorchester Food Cooperative
Boston, MA
Cooperative Development Institute
Registered nonprofit
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