about us

We are Producers and Consumers working together to build a Community owned grocery store.

 That's it. 

Join us. 

A little bit about the Board

Araceli Solano

Araceli has high hopes for a community owned grocery store with easy access to healthy options for our every day shopping. She is enthusiastic about supporting local producers & educating the community about sustainability & local impact on the environment. 

Araceli is a founding SCFC Member.

She currently serves as member-nominated Screw City Food Co-op Board President.

SHE awaits your thoughts, ideas, & direction.


As President of the Board her role is to help guide the co-op from dream to reality.

This role is up for election at

the annual owner's meeting, October 2021.

susan wheeler

Originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Susan transplanted to Rockford in 2003. Besides being a local food junkie and a person who truly appreciates farmers, she believes that when you become an owner of SCREW city food co-op, YOU become a part of something bigger: a community of people taking matters into our own hands to nourish our community.

Susan is one of the incorporators of screw city food co-op and currently holds the position of Vice-President.

Fun fact: Susan and her husband, Jason, owned and operated a local restaurant, The Wild Rhubarb, for 7 years in the local area.

"Let's fasten ourselves to the possibilities that Screw City Food

Co-op can do for our community!"

Raymond Garcia

Native of San Antonio, Texas.

Ray Moved to Illinois in 1990.  Retired from the medical profession in 2016. Owner of a five acre farmette for the last 5 years. He enjoys raising pigs, chickens, & turkeys. Raymond’s wife

Sharon has taught him how to be a  gardener.


Joined Screw City Food Co-op in 2018 & has held the position of Treasurer for last two years.

He has gained the knowledge of business while servicing the Screw City Food Co op. He was also a Scoutmaster of Troop 411 for three years.


Raymond lives by the farmer wisdom. “There is no diet that will do what  eating healthy does.”  

We are the founding board members of Screw City Food Co-Op.

We are dreamers and lovers of all things local, sustainable, and healthy. 

We believe the greater Rockford Area deserves a grocery store chain that has the community as their top priority and is owned and operated by the very community it serves.

With humility, gratitude, and patience we strive to meet the needs of our diverse community, bringing us closer and stronger, increasing the value and vitality of our land and community.

We believe a community owned grocery story is the only way to guarantee access to nutrient-rich, sustainably and locally produced goods.  We strive to support our local farmers, allowing them to focus on the fields and yields by facilitating consumer access to their goods.