Support Us

Betty & Joe Amore, Villa Park
The Carlson Family, Elmhurst
The Nash Family, Lombard
Bonnie & Elpidio Torres, Villa Park
Mary’s Wholesome Living, West Chicago, IL
Jennifer Drayton, Lombard
Gerald & Mary Ann Norton, Lombard
Traci Opila, Lombard
Wendy McGruh, Villa Park
Albert Helton, Lombard
Lance Wilcox & Linda Roberts
Roberta Lorenz, Brookfield, IL
Bonnie Gahris, Glen Ellyn, IL

Would you like to help make the Prairie Food Co-op a reality?  If so, please consider making a donation to support our organizing and marketing efforts.  ANY dollar amount is welcome.  All donations will fund our initial organizing costs, and also help fund the cost of expert food co-op advice and services, including a market study and feasibility assessment.  A market study and feasibility assessment are needed to determine the potential for a cooperative grocery store as well as secure capital for start-up and operations.  Read more >

There are TWO WAYS TO DONATE–by mail or online. We admit we like the BY MAIL option best because we get 100% of those donations–while a fee is deducted from online contributions. However, please use whatever method works best for you!

DONATE BY MAIL: Mail your donation to the following address. Make checks payable to “Prairie Food Co-op”

Prairie Food Co-op
PO Box 83
Lombard, IL 60148

DONATE ONLINE: You can use our “Pay Pal” account to donate by clicking the “Donate” button below.


Please note that your contribution is not tax-deductible.

To thank you for your contribution at such an early stage, we have teamed up with a group of merchants and other supporters who have graciously offered rewards.  In return for your contribution at the following levels, you will be thanked with one or more rewards as indicated below!  Rewards will be distributed in February, 2014 to allow time for all who wish to participate in our donation rewards program opportunity to do so.


$10 – Prairie Food Co-op Love

Willing to throw a little love our way? We’ll throw some back by listing you, or your business, as a contributor on our website!


We know you love a good looking magnet and we’ve got one waiting for you! At this level, you’ll receive a limited edition Prairie Food Co-op magnet, in addition to the $10 reward above.

Wear the Love

Nothing shows your love and support like wearing it on your sleeve (literally). At this level, we’re hooking you up with a Prairie Co-op Food Tee… and yes, we’re picky with the quality of our t-shirts – organic cotton and made in the USA. Also includes the $25 reward above.

The Food Lovers Club

Prairie Food Co-op will be the only grocery in town that focuses on locally produced products! The store will also offer great educational workshops on food related issues. Bring a friend to one of our classes with the 2 free workshop tickets you’ll receive (a $40 value).  In addition, you’ll be entered into a raffle to win one of the following items:

  • Personal yoga class for you and 2 friends from certified yoga instructor
  • “Get healthy” package – $10 gift certificate and 25% off coupon to J&R Cycle, a free week pass to Cardinal Fitness, and gift certificates to Shannon’s Corner Butcher and Honey Cafe
  • Homemade local preserves basket, plus a 2-for-1 class from Mary’s Wholesome Living
  • $100 gift certificate to L’Anne Restaurant in Wheatorn
  • Personalized food-related workshop for you and 3 friends with local food expert Emily Prasad
  • Pizza party for up to 20 people at Sky Martial Arts

*Also includes the $50 reward above.

Your Contribution
How will your money be spent? Well, first you’ll be investing in an organization committed to bringing local, sustainable, high quality food to our community, as well as offering educational programs AND a fantastic program to make high quality food accessible to those in economic need.  In order to make this a reality, we need to continue our marketing activities and eventually conduct a professional market analysis and feasibility study.  Here is a break-down of initial organizing costs – as you can see, there are many costs to cover.  We are raising additional funds thru various community events and workshops.  And, soon, we will be offering ownership shares for you to purchase, which will ultimately allow us to open the store!

  1. $12,000 – Professional market analysis and feasibility study
  2. $5,500 – Financial Pro Forma (tells us how much earnings potential the store should have)
  3. $5,000 – Other (marketing, professional consulting, training, etc)


Rewards will be distributed as funds are raised – please allow us a few weeks to process your payment.  The raffle prizes will be distributed in March 2014, so be sure to make your donation before March 1, 2014!

We would like to thank the following businesses for their generous support of the Prairie Food Co-op.

MarysWholesomeLiving Sky Martial Arts JRCycle
HoneyCafe L'Anne 20 West Wine
Walnut Acres Pure Prairie Farm Nine2Seven Printing
Cardinal Fitness Hurt-and-Assc_logo Mr Skolnik of MBS IDENTIFICATION INC
Shannon's Butcher Shop Alli Feeley Alli Feely

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