National Co-op Month

October is National Co-op Month, Cooperatives Build a Better World

HPC Celebrates National Co-op Month in October…

…along with 30,000+ other co-op businesses across diverse industries serving more than 120 million people nationwide. As member-owned businesses, cooperatives commit to meeting the needs of members and communities – the people at the heart of our organizations – rather than just generating returns for outside investors.

Hampden Park Co-op is values-based, structured around seven principles deeply rooted in democracy, economic participation, and the sustainable growth of our business and our community, both for our internal stakeholders and local neighbors. By shopping here – and ideally taking the meaningful step of becoming a member, even voting on and/or participating with the board of directors – you are doing a small part in building a better world! You can read more at

At a glance, here are the seven guiding principles within the Statement of Cooperative Identity which outline why we are more than just a grocery store:

1. Voluntary and Open Membership
2. Democratic Member Control
3. Member Economic Participation
4. Autonomy
5. Education, Training and Information
6. Cooperation Among Cooperatives
7. Concern for the Community

As HPC evolves, we continually return to these touchstone principles as we work to benefit our community and do our part to further an equitable local and global economy.

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Some Co-op Month Fun Facts:
• Minnesota was the first state to declare an official Co-op Month proclamation in 1948.
• Co-op Month has been a national celebration since 1964 when U.S. Secretary of Ag Orville Freeman, a former MN governor, proclaimed October Co-op Month.