Isla Vista Food Co-op

About Isla Vista Food Co-op

The Isla Vista Food Co-op is Santa Barbara County's only community-owned grocery store.

The Co-op was founded over 45 years ago by students and neighbors who wanted to ensure that the community would always have neighborhood access to high quality and affordable food, and that our local farmers and producers would have a dedicated store to sell to.

The Co-op is open to the public and participates in many UCSB campus and community events to help share resources to make grocery shopping fun and affordable, and most importantly, to keep investing back into Isla Vista so that everyone can benefit from having a grocery store that everyone owns together. We've accepted Cal-Fresh since the day our doors opened in 1974.



January 2018 Goleta, CA
“I love my job at the co-op. All the workers are like family.”

Kitchen Staff

June 2018 - September 2018 Goleta, CA
“I absolutely loved the other staff and the management. We had a lot of freedom and trust. I also really enjoyed that we got to listen to our own music back in the kitchen. It is a really laid-back and enjoyable place to work”
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