East Aurora Cooperative Market was founded in 2010 in response to the lack of local, healthy food options in a Western New York farming area. The community has shown great support for the co-op, investing over $875,000 in member loans and preferred shares. The co-op now has almost 1,200 members and is in the middle of construction on its future store. LEAF, along with Shared Capital Cooperative (formerly NCDF), is happy to help make this store a reality, which along with offering more healthy food options, will also provide the community with fifty-two new jobs over the next ten years.
- USDA invests in LEAF and Western MA Co-ops
- Loan to expand assistance to people with barriers to employment