Hello Co-op Owners, Neighbors & Friends:

It’s been quite a month.  All of our lives have been turned upside down and some of us are severely negatively affected by this virus.  Our heartfelt sympathies go out to you and yours who are struggling right now.  Whether you know someone who is sick, you’ve lost your job, or you’re just tired of staying inside, please don’t hesitate to reach out if we can help with something.  We’re serious.  Please contact me, Chris Roland, at if there is something the Co-op can do for you or your family.  It could be running an errand, dropping off some groceries, or helping you find certain resources.  We may not have our store ready to shop yet, but the Fredericksburg Food Co-op is here and active in many other ways.  We were created to do good and support this community, so that’s what we’re going to do.  Please let us know if we can help with anything. 
All is not doom and gloom, though, as much of our work on the path to opening continues on as normal.  We miss having our events and seeing all of our owners’ smiling faces, but store development is moving forward as planned.  We’ve hired our architect, John J. Burger, Architect, located right here in Fredericksburg.  We looked at architects from all over the state and found that John was the most qualified.  It also meant a lot to us that he and his team are here in Fredericksburg and able to bop down to the store anytime we need. 
Our mission to support our local economy will mostly involve food and agriculture, but it also pertains to other local services and industries that the Co-op will use throughout construction and beyond.  When we can, we will always choose local.  John has started getting our final drawings ready to submit to the city for permits. To best keep up to date on our progress and stay connected, follow us on FACEBOOK,  INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER.
I will also be leading a Zoom conference next Saturday, April 11, at 3:00 pm, talking about our Co-op, some of the great things that food co-ops are doing around the country, and some of what we’re planning for our store.  If you haven’t used Zoom yet, it’s really easy.  Watch your inbox for instructions on joining the Zoom event. There’s still time to give input to what you’d like to see in YOUR local grocery store, so be sure to tune in and have your voice heard.  We’ll have a great Q & A at the end where I’ll be taking notes on everything I hear.  We’re still on pace to open this Fall.
Please be well during this time of uncertainty and stress.  Through all this, I can’t help but think that Fredericksburg needs a Food Co-op to support our local food supply more than ever.   We’re working hard to make that happen and provide our community another great place to gather (when we’re allowed to) and enjoy good food together.  Until then, stay safe and healthy and I hope to see you virtually on April 11th. 

Chris Roland
General Manager
Fredericksburg Food Co-op


Seventeen Fredericksburg area neighbors joined the Food Co-op in March 2020, bringing our total ownership to 1376 households or businesses.  If you have not already made your owner investment, now is the perfect time.  You'll be a founding owner and will be able to participate from the beginning in the launch of Fredericksburg's community-owned and operated grocery store.  If you are already an owner, check out below how you can earn a chance to win $200 by referring a new owner in April.


All  new Co-op owners who join in April (and existing Co-op owners who recommend them) will be entered for a chance to win $200 in cash, thanks to a generous anonymous donation.  You could get lucky!  JOIN NOW!


We launched the owner loan campaign on March 23 and by April 2, twenty-four Co-op owners had made a commitment to making a loan.  We are very grateful for the strong support from these Co-op owners in this turbulent time.  Total commitments stand at $125,000.  We are seeking $750,000 in owner loans to complete our funding and get the Co-op grocery opened this year.

Co-op owners only who reside in Virginia can earn up to 6% while putting their money to work right here in Fredericksburg for what we all now know is an essential service.  Co-op owners interested in participating can email us at

We want to express our heartfelt thanks to all who are serving and helping at some personal risk during the COVID-19 pandemic we are all experiencing.  We are looking forward to serving them when our store opens.

It's very clear that we will all benefit from strengthening our local supply chain -- please join us in supporting local farmers and producers.


Let's all take the best care of ourselves and our community by observing the Governor's stay at home order and following the guidelines for our health and safety.

Please join us at upcoming virtual events, including:

SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 3:00 pm, DISCOVER OUR CO-OP, VIA ZOOM, with General Manager Chris Roland.  Chris will update us on the progress towards opening our community-owned grocery store in Fredericksburg in 2020.

SUNDAYS, APRIL 12 & 26, 6-8 pm, FOOD CO-OP BOARD MEETINGS, VIA ZOOM. You are welcome to attend our board meetings to learn more about the Food Co-op. Please email us at if you plan to attend a meeting.

SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 3:00 pm, OWNER LOAN INFORMATION SESSION, VIA ZOOM, for Co-op owners only who want to learn more about the 2020 Capital Campaign.

NOW THROUGH APRIL 26, MOSS FREE CLINIC VIRTUAL 5K.  Register online by April 19 to run when and where you can to support Fredericksburg's free health clinic.

IT'S TIME FOR COMMUNITY-OWNED GROCERY STORES Webinar with Jon Steinman, author of Grocery Story, and Stuart Reid of FCI, several showings, $15 contribution to the sponsoring organizations.  To encourage attendance by our Co-op owners and future owners we will reimburse the first 10 who request reimbursement of this fee.  Contact us at to request reimbursement.  Learn why food co-ops emerge in challenging times, how they operate today, and why they are more important now than ever before.


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