The fifth Co-op Principle states that co-ops must provide education and training to their members and the public. It goes on to say, "They inform the general public—particularly young people and opinion leaders—about the nature and benefits of co-operation.”
Reaching out to young people has always been a part of our cooperative legacy. Our popular yearly events feature outdoor games, programs, and activities for kids, and we regulary hold classes for kids in our Culinary Learning Center. Get involved and help us educate the next generation of future cooperators!
Complimentary Fruit Program for Kids
Bring your little cooperators when you shop? Then be sure to swing by the Produce Departments to enjoy our Complimentary Fruit Program for Kids! The goal is to help kids be healthy and strong and to learn the value of healthy eating.
Just go through the Produce Department and get your piece of fruit from our friendly staff. Please use only the fruits identified as being part of the program. One piece per visit—for kids 12 and under. When taking a piece of fruit, please also help yourself to a sticker so we know you are participating in the program. Thanks and enjoy!
By the way, help us compost! Please ask a Co-op staff person to dispose of your pit or peel in the nearest compost.
Our cooking camps are a great introduction to cooking—learning how to cook for yourself is an important life skill that builds confidence and learning in a community of peers is fun. Visit our Kids Camp page to learn more about these fun and existing programs.
Upcoming Kid & Family Events
Family Cook-Night: Graceland!
Friday, January 17 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
January is Elvis’ birthday month, so we are going to celebrate the King with some of his favorites.
Muffin-tin mini meatloaves, creamy mashed potatoes, buttery green beans, and of course PB& Banana milkshakes. It’s gonna be a rock ‘n’ rolling good time!
Co-op Kids Read It & Eat It: The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza
Saturday, January 18 10 – 11 am
Co-op kids ages 3 to 8 are invited to join us for this free series. We’ll start by reading a book, and then make a recipe inspired by the book! Each session is one hour, and parents are more than welcome to attend with their child. Registration is required as space is limited.
Family Cook Night: Valentine’s Day
Friday, February 14 5 – 7:30 pm
What better way to celebrate this day of love, then by cooking together. We will be making heart shaped pizza pockets, our heart healthy big Italian salad, and red velvet whoopee pies!
Co-op Kids Read It ‘n’ Eat It: Dragons Love Tacos
Saturday, February 22 10 – 11 am
Co-op kids ages 3 to 8 are invited to join us for this free series. We’ll start by reading a book, and then make a recipe inspired by the book! Each session is one hour, and parents are more than welcome to attend with their child.
Family Cook Night: Welcome Spring!
Friday, March 20 5 – 7:30 pm
For this family night we will welcome the first day of spring with pasta primavera with chicken, cheesy garlic bread, and lemon meringue cups.
Co-op Kids Read It ‘n’ Eat It: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Saturday, March 28 10 – 11 am
Co-op kids ages 3 to 8 are invited to join us for this free class series. We’ll start by reading a book, and then make a recipe inspired by the book!