Upcoming distribution days
- Saturday 20 Jan 9.30am-12.30pm
- Thursday 1 Feb 6pm-8pm
- Saturday 17 Feb 9.30am-12.30pm
The Brunswick Food Co-op is a grassroots community of volunteers challenging profit-driven models of food distribution. Our prices are low – pinned as close as possible to wholesale, and we purchase products in bulk to support waste-free shopping (because… you know… we have a planet in climate crisis and every little bit counts). Members bring their own empty containers from home to fill up or use brown paper bags and our spare recycled glass jars.
We aren’t as big as some of the commercial bulk food outlets but our range is pretty good including (not an exhaustive list) flours, rices, pulses (chickpeas, kidney beans, red and green lentils), quinoa, couscous, nutritional yeast, spices, rolled oats, dried fruits, snacks, soap, shampoo/conditioner, cleaning products, etc.
We are open for distribution on the first Thursday evening of every month (6-8pm) and the third Saturday of every month (9:30am-12.30pm). Occasionally our dates have to switch so it’s always good to check our instagram or facebook for updates, or get in touch to join our e mail list. We love having new members but if you want to check us out first, you’re welcome to do your first shop without joining.
Membership fees are paid annually and are currently set at $50 (waged) and $25 (unwaged). If the unwaged option is still tricky for you, let us know what you can manage. We aim never to exclude anyone because of their financial circumstances. Being a member means you are part-owner of the co-op, get to vote on Board elections (or stand for the Board if you are super enthusiastic), and have a say on important decisions affecting the co-op. It also means you’ll be asked to help out as a volunteer a couple of times a year. Some members do this by helping out in the shop. Others use their skills to support the co-op in other ways (like social media, artwork, stock ordering, managing invoicing etc).
Established by the Brunswick Uniting Church in 2000, the Brunswick Food Co-op was incorporated as an independent co-operative in 2022, making us officially part of the global co-operative movement. Brunswick Uniting Church continues to support the co-op’s work and mission, which deeply aligns with BUC’s commitment to tackle the global climate crisis. Many members of the congregation are also members of the food co-op.