Every local entity choose the legal structure that best feet their need, following the subsidiarity principle. BUT in order to claim themselves as "member of the Open Food Network", they have to follow the rules explained in the community pledge, i.e.:
- They need to be democratically run. As there will only be one OFN affiliate in a given territory/region/county, so it needs to be open so that if other people or stakeholders are interested, they can join and codevelop with them.
- They need to be not-for-profit. It doesn't mean they shouldn't earn mony, it means profit shouldn't be there objective, just a mean to achieve some other social change objective.