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

Brief DEI Reading List

Brief DEI Reading List

My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem This book guides the reader to process their own racial trauma. There is a beginning section for all readers and a second section for readers based on if they are in a White Body, Black Body, or Police Body.  White...

Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month

Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month

Celebrate AAPI Heritage May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander individuals and communities in the United States. Asian/Pacific is a broad term. It encompases people from the Asian continent and the Pacific...

Earth Month – Economic Sustainability

Earth Month – Economic Sustainability

Economic sustainability is the “profit” in the “people, planet, and profit” holistic approach to sustainability. We’ve already explored environmental sustainability and social sustainability in previous blogs, so this week, we’ll focus on what it means to have a...

Earth Month – Social Sustainability

Earth Month – Social Sustainability

As mentioned in our environmental sustainability blog post, capital “S” Sustainability is multifaceted. Of the three major branches of sustainability, social sustainability can be difficult to get a grip on. It is tough to quantify and can therefore feel nebulous,...

CoFED: Building a Cooperative Future

CoFED: Building a Cooperative Future

Building a Cooperative Future In the spirit of cooperation, the Davis Food Co-op wants to take the opportunity to share the visionary and necessary work being done by the Sonoma-based Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive (CoFED). CoFED is a, “QBIPOC-led organization...

Black History Month

Black History Month

Black History Month In honor of Black History Month, we will be celebrating and recognizing the contributions that Black Americans have had on our food system throughout history. The Co-op, and America as a whole, have been directly influenced by these innovators that...