Whole Foods Cooperative
The Whole Foods Co-op is a full-service natural foods market. We are a cooperative business, which means we are owned and democratically controlled by our investors. The co-op got its start in 1978 when the Minority Health Education Delivery System (MHEDS), a social service agency in Erie, obtained funds to start a co-op with paid employees. Known as the Food Basket, its purpose was to serve the Hispanic community in the area by providing foods from their culture at affordable prices.
Although Hispanic food was a priority, the co-op also ordered and sold natural foods as well. By 1980, almost all members interested in Hispanic foods had left the co-op. At that time, MHEDS wanted to withdraw funding and have the co-op become self-supporting. Within one year, natural foods became the focus, the co-op achieved sustainability, and it was incorporated as the Whole Foods Cooperative. Over the years we have quadrupled our space with expansions and relocations in order to serve the community.
We currently focus our product line on organic and natural brands and also support local producers whenever possible. These values are carried out in all our store departments. Our deli makes vegetarian and vegan dishes from scratch using high quality ingredients. Enjoy a meal from our deli service counter in our seating area, or pick up something to go. We also offer organic and local produce, and frozen natural and organic meats. You'll also find a wide variety of groceries, frozen food, bulk items, coffee, herbs and supplements, and foods for special diets.
We are proud of our knowledgeable staff, which can assist you with your regular purchases as well as special inquiries. We look forward to your visit.