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Natural Awakenings Healthy Living Magazine

Nourishing Ann Arbor: The People’s Food Co-op

Since 1971, the People’s Food Co-op (PFC) has been the cornerstone of community and sustainability in Ann Arbor. From its modest origins in Detroit’s Eastern Market to its current location in downtown Ann Arbor, PFC has remained committed to providing accessible, sustainable and locally sourced food options.

Troy Clarke, marketing, outreach coordinator at PFC, emphasizes their dedication to local, sustainable, organic and fair-trade offerings. “Every purchase at PFC not only supports our mission, but also contributes directly to the sustainability of the organization.”

PFC is more than just a grocery store; it’s a community hub promoting mindful living and environmental stewardship. In 2023 alone, PFC diverted 60,000 pounds of food scraps from landfills through composting initiatives and recycled approximately 220,000 pounds of cardboard annually. Additionally, PFC supports local nonprofit organizations through its Change for Our Community program, demonstrating its commitment to societal well-being.

Reflecting on PFC’s unique position, Clarke highlights their core values and community connection. “Our foundational principles and connection to the community set us apart and ensure our continued relevance and growth.”

Location: 216 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor. For more information, call 734-994-9174, email [email protected] or visit