The Co-op Belongs to Everyone

Whoever you are, you are welcome here. 

It is our responsibility to our diverse Owners, shoppers, staff, and community members to actively practice inclusivity. For us, that looks like ensuring our policies, staffing, management, communications, accessibility and attitudes are aligned and accommodating to everyone in our community. 

Making the Co-op More Inclusive

While diversity is a measurable quality, inclusion is better understood as action. In 2021, we took steps to make the Co-op more inclusive and will continue to do so under the guidance of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce. Some of these measures include adding pronouns to staff name tags, recognizing that the Co-op occupies Indigenous land, and adding accessibility adjustments to our website. You can read more about these specific measures below.

Equitable Representation Business List

Our buyers actively seek out diverse brands to share with our community. We’ve compiled a list of those brands owned and operated by women, LGBTQ+ folks, and BIPOC folks (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color). This list will be updated as new products hit our shelves. 

Resources for Vulnerable Community Members

 

The Freedge

Take what you need, give what you don’t. The Freedge is a small refrigerator located on the west-facing side of the building to the left of our entrance and exit doors. Davis Food Co-op staff fill the Freedge daily with produce, dairy, bakery items, pantry and staples we are otherwise unable to sell. Anyone is welcome to take items from the Freedge at no cost.

 

Holiday Meal

This free and festive dinner for the entire community is a remarkable Davis tradition and has become an important part of the Holiday celebrations of local people from all walks of life. While the majority of this event will be coordinated and run by Davis Food Co-op employees, this event can only succeed because of the broad spectrum of people who support it. 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Blog Posts

A Very Short History of BIPOC Cooperation in the US

A Very Short History of BIPOC Cooperation in the US

The cooperative business model offers communities a highly effective way to meet their needs for goods and services while prioritizing people over profit. And in 2021, you can find cooperatives in nearly all sectors of the U.S. economy. Increases in consolidation...

$1 is Worth More in the Hands of the Food Bank

$1 is Worth More in the Hands of the Food Bank

$1 is Worth More in the Hands of the Food Bank With the proper resources, connections, and operations, Food Banks turn $1 into $6 or more. “With 42 million  people in the U.S. at risk of facing hunger due to the pandemic, donating your extra or purchased dry and...

Making Sense of the Wildfires

Making Sense of the Wildfires

Living in California, it is impossible to ignore the impact that wildfires have had on our state in recent years. As this blog is being written on 8/18/21, more than 6,500 wildfires have destroyed more than 1.3 million acres across the state so far in 2021, which is a...

BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month 2021

BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month 2021

We’ve partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) Yolo County, our current Round Up recipient, to bring members of our community resources for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Mental Health Awareness Month. If you belong to the...

Celebrating Juneteenth

Celebrating Juneteenth

On the evening of December 31st, 1862, Black Americans gathered in homes, churches, and community spaces awaiting the New Year which would bring with it the freedom outlined in the Emancipation Proclamation. Black Americans, enslaved and free, called that night...

Racism and Bigotry in Davis

Racism and Bigotry in Davis

For many of us, Davis is an idyllic California community.  We’re tightknit. We compost and recycle and use renewable energy. We have 37 parks, 65 play areas, 33 tennis courts, and an extensive system of greenbelts. We love live music and local beer. We have food...

Land Acknowledgement

Land Acknowledgement

Land Acknowledgement The Davis Food Co-op occupies land that belongs to three federally recognized Patwin tribes: Cachil DeHe Band of Wintun Indians of the Colusa Indian Community, Kletsel Dehe Wintun Nation, and Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation.  As we constantly work...

Inclusivity at the Co-op

Inclusivity at the Co-op

The Importance of Inclusivity Along with diversity and equity, inclusivity is a topic that all communities should be aware of and actively work to implement. Even if it is a topic that you feel you are familiar with, it is important to continuously examine and...