The Bethesda Coop, also recognized as Bethesda Community Food Store, Inc., was founded as a Collective in 1975 on the principles of education, equality and giving back to the community. Established as a grass-roots source of natural food and healthy thought, with the help of many talented volunteers and dedicated employees, our Natural Foods Store was beloved by all. Bethesda Co-op grew into an oasis for positive change, with open doors for local farmers to bring their harvest, space for local artisans to bring their wares, and the famed “Mexican Night,” full of live music and authentic food overseen by the formidable and much missed since her passing in 2008, Trini Reilly.
Eventually, Bethesda Co-op moved into digs up the road in bucolic Cabin John, MD, a small hamlet on the banks of the mighty Potomac River and historic C&O Canal. Today we are one of the only food co-ops in the nation to be a proud member of UFCW Local 400, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.
Many changes have occurred in the ensuing years, many beloved faces have come and gone, many children have grown up with us before striking out on their own. But always we are left with the indelible link to our founders: the desire and determination to provide a warm and welcoming environment, alternative sources of food and health, and open minds toward a positive future for our community and the world.
The Bethesda Co-op Natural Food Store remains a place where for over 35 years one and all work together in a cooperative, member owned and operated business that benefits the community and beyond.