The West End Food Co-op operated as a multi-stakeholder food co-op in South Parkdale, a diverse neighbourhood in the west of Toronto for 6 years. This neighbourhood consists of a large newcomer population, a historically low-income population, many young families and a rapidly gentrifying new influx of higher income condo dwellers.
When WEFC opened in 2012, the food scene was different and besides one small independently owned natural food store, there was next to nothing for local, sustainably sourced, organic foods. Prior to the store opening, as well as continuing throughout the store’s success, and beyond, WEFC also managed the nearby Sorauren Farmers’ Market which focuses on bringing small-to-medium scale local farmers and prepared food vendors to North Parkdale. The first inventory was decided upon by a group of volunteers and staff who researched a category of foods, and reported back on their findings, which distributor had the best prices/deals/ethics, and their recommendations.
This is the 2016 Draft Purchasing Policy, which was developed by WEFC’s Purchasing Committee. This document was collaborated on for 2 years to put together the policy that best describes WEFC’s needs and purchasing commitments to its members and shoppers.