Open to All: Community, Cooperation and Democracy

Believing in human dignity and diversity

Standing up to speak at Town Meeting. Catching up with a friend in the grocery checkout line. Waving to neighbors as they drive by. Living in community means we’re recognized as individuals. From self-government to a friendly wave, community depends on our willingness to accept each other despite — or, better yet, because of — our differences.

Messages of racism and hatred try to convince us that we don't matter as individuals, only as categories. Bigots reduce others — and themselves — to colors, countries or religions. They don't believe in human dignity and diversity, in you and me. Only in us and them.

The Co-op Food Stores stand with our Upper Valley neighbors in rejecting messages of hatred and division. Our member-owned organization is guided by the seven principles of the cooperative movement, including membership open to all and democratic control. Cooperators believe that a society is only as strong as its respect for each and every person. We’re grateful to live and work in a community that wants everyone to feel at home.

Edward Fox, General Manager

William Craig, Board President

Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society

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About Hanover Co-op Food Stores

The Hanover Co-op Food Stores—also known as the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society—is owned by more than 24,000 members. The Co-op seeks to build a well-nourished community cultivated through cooperation. From its founding in 1936 by 17 Dartmouth College professors and their spouses, the Hanover Co-op is now one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the United States. In recent years, this business has served more than 5,000 customers a day. For more than 85 years, this cooperative has stood by its founding commitment to buying locally produced food and goods. From locations in New Hampshire and Vermont, this consumer-owned business generates sales of $85 million annually from three grocery stores, a community market, and two auto service centers.