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Allan Gallant

former Blooming Prairie Foundation and Food Co-op Initiative Board Member

Allan Gallant was a galvanizing leader in food cooperatives for more than 40 years. Deeply influenced by the Civil Rights Movement, Gallant promoted minority-owned grocery stores throughout underserved communities. He will always be remembered for his commitment to food cooperatives and the communities they serve. 

Congratulatory Listings


Congratulations, dearest Allan, on your induction to the Cooperative Hall of Fame. This honor could not be more deserved.

We are proud to be celebrating your achievements today, and miss you terribly.

Mazel tov!


Allan, all of us at Food Co-op Initiative who had the honor of working with you over the many years you championed our mission miss you, but we know your spirit is with us, inspiring us and future cooperators. 

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On behalf of National Co+op Grocers (NCG), its 153 food co-op members, and thousands of consumer member-owners, congratulations to Allan Gallant! Allan’s vision and leadership in support of a strong cooperative economy have helped provide an enduring legacy for countless new co-ops and co-op leaders. 


Allan Gallant...




Co-op Enthusiast




Committed to Equity

Boundlessly Energetic






Deeply Generous


Allan transformed people, businesses, and the cooperative movement for the better. Congratulations on this most deserved award!


Congratulations, Allan Gallant, on your induction into the Co-op Hall of Fame!

Thank you to all of the 2022 inductees for your inspiration and stalwart commitment and contribution to the growth and success of our movement, from the Neighboring Food Co-op Association and our member co-ops including:

Flatbush Food Co-op

Hanover Co-op Food Stores

Littleton Food Co-op

Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op

River Valley Co-op

Upper Valley Food Co-op

Urban Greens Co-op Market

Willimantic Food Co-op


Allan contributed so much to the well-being of individuals and communities by being a grocery retail expert. Wow, who knew that knowing how to run a successful grocery operation required such talent and that sharing that knowledge could have such positive impact on people and communities? Allan did! Columinate and its member consultants do too and salute Allan for a lifelong commitment to service.

Friends of Allan Gallant

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Ann Fedorchak

Annie Donovan

Anya Firszt

David J. Thompson

Ellen Quinn

Gail A. Graham

Gerardo Espinoza

Jeff & Nita Voltz

Karen Zimbelman

K. Jesse Singerman

Margaret Bau

Marilyn Scholl

Mary Griffin

Michelle L. Schry

Philip & Ann Gallant

Randy M. Lee

Sam Salkin

Stewart Kohl

Stuart Reid

Sverre Roang

Terry Lewis

Terry Simonette

Thomas Beckett, Carolina Common Enterprise

Walden Swanson & Kate Sumberg

Accounting Enthusiast

As a proponent of the theory that those who can read financial statements can profitably manage multi-million dollar operations, Allen merged ethical business strategies with community development using the cooperative model.

Allan Gallant

Honoring and Planning Committee

Anya Firszt

Carol Gallant

Marilyn Scholl

Sam Gallant

Stuart Reid

Nominated by:


Stuart Reid

Executive Director

Food Co-op Initiative

Anya Firszt

Board Chair

Blooming Prairie Foundation

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