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About the Co-op and Buying Club
The Ujamaa Co-op Buying Club is another program of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network. Through this program, members of the club are able to purchase a wide variety of healthy foods, supplements, and household items at discounted prices.
Every four weeks, members submit orders through our vendor, United Natural Foods (UNFI), which is the largest natural foods distributor in the United States. Each member receives a user name and password, with which they can log into the UNFI web site, browse products and choose items to order. Our orders are submitted electronically, and are delivered to our office at 3800 Puritan. UNFI has an extensive selection of items to choose from, including bulk beans, nuts, and grains, frozen and refrigerated items, cereals, vitamins and supplements, soaps and detergents, etc; anything available through popular local health food stores is available through UNFI, except for fresh produce. However, our farm currently supplies fresh produce.  We do not have a membership fee right now, but we may need to institute one in the future to build capacity to open a store. Any
membership fee will have to be voted in by the membership.

Below are the items at our "convenience store", located in hte DBCFSN office at 3800 Puritan Street in Detroit.
* Alessi black pepper with grinder - $2.75
Our present organization is only the beginning. We are working to grow our buying club into a full service store that will be operated within the city of Detroit. We have already conducted a feasibility study, we are currently working on a business plan, and we have some potential sites identified.
The Ujamaa Co-op Buying Club
Buying Cooperatively • Working Collectively • Reducing Overhead

2016 Order Deadlines and Delivery Dates

Order Deadline

Deliver Date

December 24

January 28

February 18

February 25

March 17

March 24

April 14

April 21

May 12

May 19

June 9

June 16

July 7

July 14

August 4

August 11

September 1

September 8

September 29

October 6

October 27

November 3

November 24

December 1

Need more information? Want to join? Fill out the form below (include your phone number and e-mail address if you are ready to join)

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Forgot your UNFI password? Go to www.unfi.com, click the password reset link. The customer number is 88618.

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Download the current UNFI price list (Excel file)