Recovery from the damage caused by Torrential Rain in Northern Kyushu in 2017
FCO・OP in Fukuoka Prefecture helped the victims remove soils from houses and clean up houses with the volunteer groups from consumer co-ops in the Kyushu area, in addition to providing relief supplies and warm meals. JCCU called on its member co-ops nationwide for disaster relief donations. 141 consumer co-ops and business federations responded to the call and donated a total amount of 266.7 million yen (as of December 2017).
To Solve Problems in Communities
Consumer co-ops carry out a variety of businesses and activities to help people in need.
Scholarship for children of single parents
A foundation established by Co-op Mirai operating in Chiba, Saitama and Tokyo Prefectures initiated a grant-type scholarship program for its members. This scholarship can be applied for by high school students of single parents or those without parents. A student receives a monthly maximum amount of 10,000 yen until graduation. The main financial resource is donations from members who support this program.
Consumer co-ops carry out various activities, such as Children’s Cafeteria and Children’s Future Action. Co-ops also run social businesses, such as consultation and temporary cash loans for living expenses.
Food Bank Activity
Food Bank is an activity to distribute food to people in need. Food Drive, a part of the Food Bank, is to collect unused food from households. Consumer co-ops support Food Bank activities in various ways.
Food drive campaign by Consumer Co-ops
Child Care Support
Consumer co-ops support families raising children in various ways, wishing for the realization of a child-friendly society. Co-op stores and distribution centers offer spaces for children and parents to play and interact with each other. As a means to tackle the problem of child poverty, some co-ops operate Children’s Cafeterias which provide meals for children who cannot eat enough at home for some reason or teaching activities. Several consumer co-ops run nursery schools or after-school centers.
Activities to Improve Daily Lives
JCCU conducts survey on household budgets nationwide. Consumer co-ops hold seminars on life planning and household financial management.
Household Budgets Survey 2017
JCCU has conducted survey on household budgets with registered monitors of co-op members since 1996, with the cooperation of member co-ops nationwide. The purpose of these surveys is to understand and share the actual living conditions of consumers. In 2017, 1,360 member households from 40 co-ops answered the questionnaire.
Survey on Consumption Tax Burden 2017
JCCU also surveys the Consumption Tax Burden on consumers. In 2017, 341 members from 31 co-ops answered the questionnaire.