Co-op Month Photo Competition

It’s Co-op Month: time to show off your Co-op Pride with our Co-op Month Photo Competition for NFCA Marketing & Merchandizing Staff!

This competition for NFCA Co-op Marketing Staff runs the whole month of October with a different theme for each week.  The goal is to engage and excite our member-owners and shoppers by visually demonstrating in our stores our Co-operative Values, Co-op Difference, and how our Co-ops are demonstrating our commitment to “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion.”  There will be a winner announced for each of the 4 categories on the Saturday of each week, with co-op swag prizes. For some inspiration, check out some of the past Co-op Month Photo Competition Winners!

How to participate:

  1. Create displays/gather staff/carve a pumpkin in your co-op using the week’s theme.
  2. Take a photograph of the theme and…
  3. Post the photo to your Co-op’s Facebook account. In the photo’s description, say what the item is and tag it with #NeighborCoops and #CoopMonth so it can be counted.
  4. All photos must be posted for that week by Friday at midnight.
  5. After the week ends, Neighboring Food Co-op Association staff will announce a winner and post on NFCA social media.

Contest Themes By Week:

Week 1Co-op End Cap/Co-op Shelf Promo: Photo of an End Cap, floor display, or shelf demonstrating co-op difference and promoting other Co-ops in the food system, particularly highlighting the Co-op Month theme–promoting products, etc. that support equity, inclusion, and justice in our food system.

    • Post by: Friday, October 9th by Close of Business (5:00pm EST)

Week 2: Co-ops Commit: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion.  Photos demonstrating the 2020 Co-op Month theme of “Co-ops Commit: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion.” Demonstrate how your Co-op is working to support a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive Co-op and community.

    • Post by: Friday, October 16th by Close of Business (5:00pm EST)

Week 3: Co-op Staff Pride Photo: We know your staff is awesome: show us! Our Co-op’s staff has gone above and beyond to keep our communities fed and safe during this COVID crisis, and beyond.  Share a photo of your Co-op Staff showing their Co-op Pride. Could include NFCA temporary tattoo, buttons, or bumperstickers or info cards.

    • Post by: Friday, October 23rd by Close of Business (5:00pm EST)

Week 4: Co-op Jack-0′-Lantern/Fall Harvest Display: Carved pumpkin, pumpkin display, or Fall harvest extravaganza display with the Co-op Month Theme/Co-ops Rock/your Co-op logo/name, etc.

    • Post by: Friday, October 30th by Close of Business (5:00pm EST)

Much thanks and appreciation to our sponsors for participating by providing the  prizes!       


Win awesome Co-op swag from these sponsoring Co-op Producers AND get recognition of your co-op’s awesomeness on NFCA social media!

CONGRATS to the 2019 Co-op Month Winners!

Week 1 Winner: Co-op End Cap/Co-op Shelf Promo: Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op


Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op‘s fabulous #GoCoop display showcases many products made by co-ops! We spy products from Cabot Creamery Co-operative, La Riojana Cooperativa, Blue Diamond Almonds, Real Pickles and Simply Organic.


Week 2 Winner: Co-ops: By the Community, For the Community: Springfield Food Co-op


Springfield Food Co-op’s photos of how their Co-op commits to their community includes their Community Roots Outreach Projects’ team works to connect to our greater community through programs that help fight food insecurity, fund non-profit organizations, and benefit the financial and social health of our members, shoppers, and beyond.


Week 3: Co-op Pride Staff Photo: Monadnock Food Co-op


The staff at Monadnock Food Co-op love to show off their Co-op Pride every day…and especially during Co-op Month. “Happy Co-op Month, y’all!”


Week 4: Co-op Jack-0′-Lantern/Pumpkin Display:

All Winners! Putney Food Co-op, Hunger Mountain Food Co-op, and Brattleboro Food Co-op all posted their carved pumpkins. Co-op pride pumpkin style!

Putney Food Co-op
Hunger Mountain Food Co-op
Brattleboro Food Co-op






CONGRATS to the 2018 Co-op Month Winners!

Week 1 WinnerCo-op End Cap: Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op

Co-op-Made Products Get the Spotlight at the Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op

Week 2 Winner: Co-op Shelf Promo: Brattleboro Food Co-op 

Ruth from Brattleboro Food Co-op & Co-op-Produced Katalyst Kombucha

Week 3 Winners: Co-op Pride Staff Photo: Putney Food Co-op & Springfield Food Co-op

Front End Staff at Springfield Food Co-op
Staff at Putney Food Co-op show their Co-op Pride in front of their Equal Exchange Display

Week 4 Winner: Co-op Jack-0′-Lantern: Rutland Area Food Co-op

Rutland Area Food Co-op’s Jack-o’-Lantern: “We See the Future”: “You look at our co-ops throughout Vermont, through the US, and throughout the world, and you see people banding together, working to save our planet, making sure everyone gets a fair wage for the work they do, and helping individuals get their chance to find and take advantage of their potential. WE See The Future, not one entity, but a group of people, businesses, communities sharing with each other their own experiences, and finding ways to better ourselves and our world.”

Thank You to our Producer Co-ops partners for providing our prizes last year!