The Common Market Co-op: 2022 Stuff the Bus


The Common Market Co-op is a Frederick County grocery store that strives to be more than just a grocery store. They actively search for ways to support other organizations in the Frederick community, seeking to help causes they believe in. 

“We always find that our shoppers, customers, and owners are always interested in finding other ways they can help people in the community,” said Susan Schulman of Common Market Co-op. “So, our partnership with United Way and Stuff the Bus just seemed like a good fit for us.”

A common misconception of the Common Market Co-op is that it is a high-end and exclusive grocery store, when in fact it is quite the opposite.  It is a grocery store that seeks to be a part of the community by hiring community members to help serve community members. By shopping at the Common Market Co-op, you are helping keep money circulating in the Frederick County community.
“When you shop locally, 60-70 cents on every dollar stays in the community opposed to when you shop in a big market store, where only 30-40 cents stay in the community,” said Susan. “We are encouraging folks to support us so we can support other organizations in the community.” 

United Way of Frederick County could not be more in support of this philosophy, which promotes inclusion of community members in a way that helps us LIVE UNITED. The annual Stuff the Bus program is meant to help children in Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) have the supplies they need to have a successful school year.  

“We’re dedicated to providing information and education to our owners and to other people in the public,” Susan added. “If we can do that, and help the youth in Frederick, then that’s what we want to do.”