open 8am - 9pm *NEW FALL HOURS* • 906.225.0671

502 W. Washington St. Marquette, MI

Outreach Services

The Outreach Department oversees store programs such as food pantry donations, healthy vending at schools, and the administration of the Co-op Community Fund that helps Co-op owners in times of need. Advertising, store signage, messaging, and branding also fall under the department’s umbrella. However, the Outreach Department is best known for spreading the word about good food, all things local, and the significance of our food choices to people all over the U.P.

We host a variety of scheduled cooking and educational classes and also spread the word about good food via customized presentations and workshops. Take a look at the topics below for ideas.

Getting To Know Your Co-op

Getting to Know Your Co-op classes are offered every second Monday at 6pm in the Classroom, located in the basement of the building. All are welcome and encouraged to attend this free class, regardless of Co-op membership. An overview of our Co-op, a comprehensive store tour, samples of products, and a Q&A period are all included. Call Brigitte @ 225-0671 x724 or email bderel@marquettefood.coop to join an upcoming session.

Living Allergen-Free

Living Allergen-Free gives participants a chance to learn about allergen-free resources and products from both the Co-op and other attendees. In addition to an overview of what it means to have allergies to gluten, dairy, soy, and nuts, and a store tour tailored for those cooking around these allergens, there are also free snacks from many companies producing delicious allergen-free foods. Individual or group presentations are available. Call Brigitte @ 225-0671 x724 or email bderel@marquettefood.coop.

Food Demonstrations

We can come to you or host you at our classroom. Learn how to make green smoothies, fresh spring rolls, and Indian appetizers. Click here to learn more or Contact Sarah @ 225-0671 x723 or email smonte@marquettefood.coop. (Minimum of 5 people required)

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Private Cooking Classes

Looking for more than a food demo? We can organize your very own cooking class. (Minimum of 5 people required) Click here for more information or contact Sarah @ 225-0671 x723 or email smonte@marquettefood.coop.

Staff Trainings

Could your staff benefit from learning about any of the topics mentioned above? We can create a training for you. Call Brigitte @ 225-0671 x724 or email bderel@marquettefood.coop.

Custom Presentations & Store Tours

Would you like a workshop or presentation related to food, agriculture, or the cooperative business model that you don’t see listed above? Popular topics include eating healthy on a budget, local food systems, organics, and green cleaning products. Or, are you interested in a tour of the store, classroom and food hub aggregation area?

Custom presentations and store tours are adaptable by age group, 6 to adult. Call Brigitte @ 225-0671 x724 or email bderel@marquettefood.coop. (Minimum of 5 people required) Give us a call to discuss your ideas. For best availability, schedule your event with us three months in advance.

Outreach Request Form