Welcome back students!


The start of fall quarter at UC Davis is nearly upon us. The city of Davis will have an influx of nearly 30,000 undergraduate students by the time classes start at the end of September. A little over 9,000 of these students will be freshmen or transfers who are completely new to Davis. The total goes up to 39,400 when graduate students are accounted for. On behalf of the Davis Food Co-op we would like to welcome all new and returning students to our community! Davis is a wonderful place to live and learn, especially when it comes to eating healthy, locally sourced food. There are a variety of ways the Davis Food Co-op currently supports UCD students and collaborates with UCD:

  • The Davis Food Co-op supports the Fruit and Veggie up program on the UCD campus, which provides access to free fruit and vegetables for all UCD students. All you need to participate is your student ID. This is located on the first floor of the MU at the Aggie Compass. Normally the program runs for several hours, two days a week. You can check the Aggie Compass website for more information on summer hours or check back once fall quarter starts for hours and location - https://aggiecompass.ucdavis.edu/news/fruit-and-veggie-up

  • The Davis Food Co-op also hosts special events in our teaching kitchen throughout the year in collaboration with different departments at UCD including the Aggie Compass and Basic Needs Advisory Committee. The goal of these events is to promote education and awareness of Co-ops and the local farmers and vendors we support. We also host cooking classes where we teach cooking skills with affordable ingredients you can buy at the Co-op. Take a look at our events calendar for more information - https://davisfood.coop/education/eventscalendar

The Davis Food Co-op is also a great place to work for UCD students! Running a Food Co-op isn’t possible without great employees who are the life-blood of the store. From cashiers to cheesemongers, the Davis Food Co-op has a diverse range of interesting work opportunities for students. If you’re seeking meaningful employment where you can be proud of the mission and business model of your employer, take a look at our current job openings - https://davisfood.coop/sustainability/employment

When stocking up for this fall semester for yourself as a student or shopping for your own student children, keep in mind that the Davis Food Co-op offers affordable options when it comes to buying quality and ethically produced food and goods. We do this so that our shoppers can see an affordable price on staple pantry items and we make “good food” accessible to shoppers with limited means or on fixed incomes. We would like to shed some light on many of our savings you can receive while shopping on a budget at the Co-op.

Everyday prices: Throughout the year in the produce department a variety of tasty seasonal local produce are available at very competitive prices. The taste and quality of fresh locally grown items will turn you into a fruit or veggie lover even if you weren't before. Another place to save all year long is in the bulk department where you don’t pay for packaging and if you’re on a budget, or only need a small amount, there is the flexibility to get only what you need. These happen to be two favorite departments for many of our shoppers.

Sales and weekly specials:

  • Other ways you can save throughout the store are with the Weekly sales, which start on Wed through Tuesday every week. These deals include fresh produce and meat department items. Owners Extras are on sale all month long with listed items from each department.

  • Coop Basics are a selection of natural and organic popular foods and household goods that are priced below the suggested retail cost. Co+op Basics offers shoppers more competitive pricing every day in key product categories. Currently our Co-op carries over 300 Co+op Basics items throughout the store.The Co-op is able to offer these savings not by paying less to employees or farmers, but by joining together with other food coops nationwide to negotiate lower prices that bring better buying power and savings to our shoppers. One of my favorite Co-op Basics items this week was the Cascade Cereal, which was “Buy 2 for $6”. Just look for the “Co+op Basics” label in the store.

  • Also keep an eye out for the occasional one-day sales that happen in various departments. You can receive up to 15% off.

Owners who register their email with us will hear first hand about all these great savings and you can find them on the Sales and Weekly Specials link on our website- https://davisfood.coop/posts/sales/317 .

Community Discount

Lastly in an effort to meet the needs of folks experiencing financial hardship, the Davis Food Co-op offers a Community Discount. Any owner experiencing acute financial hardship can qualify for our 5% Community Discount if they are able to provide eligibility for one of the following programs:

  • WIC (Women, Infants, and Children)

  • PG&E CARE Program

  • CalFresh (Food Stamps)

  • Need-Based Financial Aid for Students (FAFSA, CSAC, Pell Grant)

  • IHSS (In Home Supportive Services)

  • TANF (Temporary Assistance For Needy Families)

  • SSI (Supplemental Security Income)

  • LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program)

  • Lifeline (Benefit program that provides discounts on telephone service for low-income customers)

  • Medi-Cal/Medicaid/SCHIP (State Children's Health Insurance Program)

  • TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program)

The Davis Food Co-op believes eating healthy, nutritious and locally sourced food should be accessible to everyone. Now that you know all about these great ways to get “good food” and products affordably, we hope you will take advantage and share them with your friends and family. Welcome back to all!

Cooperatively yours,

The Davis Food Co-op Board of Directors