Who We Are

Welcome to Rise Community Market, Cairo Illinois’ premier food cooperative. We are dedicated to transforming our community by providing access to fresh and nutritious food options that were absent for over seven years in this town.

Cairo Illinois, like many other places, faced the challenge of being a food desert. Limited access to fresh produce and healthy food choices created significant hardships for our community. But we didn’t give up. Rise Community Market emerged as a result of the collaborative efforts of dedicated community members who recognized the need for change and took action.

Our cooperative is driven by the belief that everyone deserves access to affordable, high-quality food. We have come together, united by a shared vision, to address the food scarcity issues that affected Cairo for far too long. Through tireless determination, we have successfully brought fresh food back to our town.

Rise Community Market is not just a grocery store—it’s a place where community thrives. As a member-owned cooperative, our community is at the heart of everything we do. We believe that by working together, we can build a more resilient and equitable food system.

Everyone can shop at Rise Community Market, membership is not required.  However, when you become a member of Rise Community Market, you become an essential part of this transformative journey. You gain a voice in decision-making processes, ensuring that your needs and preferences are heard and reflected in the products and services we offer. Membership also grants you exclusive benefits, including discounts, member-only sales, and the opportunity to earn dividends based on our store’s success.

Beyond the aisles of our market, we are committed to fostering community engagement and empowerment. Rise Community Market will host educational workshops, cooking classes, and events that promote nutrition education, sustainable practices, and overall well-being. Together, we are creating a stronger, healthier, and more vibrant Cairo.

We invite you to join us in this exciting venture. Together, we can make a difference and bring about positive change. Let’s rise above the challenges and build a thriving community that cherishes fresh food, supports local producers, and uplifts the lives of all residents in Cairo, Illinois.