Mama Squash Food Co-op is more than a grocery store; it is a consumer owned cooperative business. What exactly does that mean? A cooperative business is owned and controlled by the people who use it. The Co-op to date has over 90 community members and supporters who have financially invested in the store, and thus are owners. Unlike a business owned by an individual or a corporation, profits from the store return to our owners or are used to help the store better serve our community’s needs.