Our Co-operative

We are a wholefoods co-operative with over 1,500 members committed to providing our community with control over their access to affordable, wholesome and sustainably produced food – local, organic and zero waste.

Food with purpose since 1983

What is a Food Co-op?

A food co-operative is a community that has come together to take control of their own food system to ensure that this food is procured fairly and sustainably. Read more about what makes co-operatives different.

What is our Story?

Started by a group of activists and vegetarians to meet their common needs for affordable, organic food in 1980's Ireland, we are now a vibrant food democracy in the heart of Dublin City. Read more about our story.

What is a Food Democracy?

A democratically controlled co-operative with a vibrant and engaged membership who keep our co-operative rooted in our social, economic and environmental purpose. Read more about our food democracy and how we operate.

One member, one vote

Community owned


Co-op Shop

We operate a retail wholefoods shop from our premises in Kilmainham.
Run by our shop team - staff and member-volunteers - you can shop for the best in wholesome and sustainable food in a friendly community atmosphere.

Online Shop

On our online shop you can access our full product range for click and collection at our Co-op Shop in Kilmainham, or local delivery. Browse online and collect at a convenient time for yourself.


Our community development programme is comprised of a range of trainings, webinars and events aimed at providing individuals with the means to engage collectively on matters of social, economic and environmental concern within their communities.

our food democracy

Our Members

The members are the lifeblood of any co-operative, and we are no exception. Members are involved at all levels of the co-operative, be it volunteering in the shop, getting involved in member committees, attending member meetings or joining our Co-ordinating Body.

Co-ordinating Body

The Co-ordinating Body are elected by the members each year to guide the direction of our Co-op, and ensure that the operations remain aligned with our vision, purpose and values.

The Co-ordinating Body is assisted by a number of committees comprised of members interested in bringing their knowledge, skills and experience to the Co-op.

Our Staff Team

Our staff team are responsible for the day-to-day operations of our Co-op, and delivering on our strategic objectives as agreed with the Co-ordinating Body.

We focus on developing a team who are closely aligned with our co-operative’s values, with most members of staff being Co-op members before being employed at our Co-op.

DFC Shop Staff

Becoming a Member

As a member, you gain access to our member benefits, which include member discounts, access to special orders, and can participate in our Co-op Community.

Through your membership of the Co-op, you will get access to an amazing community of people who share common values around food, the environment and building more resilient communities.

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