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Food For Thought
BRATTLEBORO, VT – Brattleboro’s Seasonal Overflow Shelter will open Monday, November 12th. After a successful first season located at the upper dormitory on the Winston Prouty campus (formerly the Austine School for the Deaf) last year, Groundworks’ staff and Board are grateful for the opportunity to return to the space.
Lotus Foods is voluntarily recalling three varieties of ramen noodle soup—Tom Yum, Masala Curry, and Red Miso—because the packaging is not microwave-safe. Other Lotus Foods products are not included in this recall.
Project Feed the Thousands
by Sarah Brennan, Administrative Assistant
Christmas Tree Sale and Food Drive for Groundworks Collaborative
As you know, we have successfully updated our card processing to chip readers at every register. This upgrade allows for more security when making your purchases and allows us to process WIC payments at every register. We now have our own BFC gift card. Please know that because of this processing upgrade our gift cards are no longer accepted at other food co-ops, nor can we accept gift cards purchased at other co-ops.
During January, February, and March, we will be preparing one meal per month as a Co-op to feed those friends and neighbors who stay at the Groundworks Collaborative Overflow Shelter during the winter months. Many of you received Shareholder hours last winter for helping to cook, deliver and serve meals.
The Brattleboro Food Co-op recently agreed to take part in a pilot program using the principles of restorative justice with our partners for retail theft. I was curious about restorative justice, and I found out that it has been around for at least 35 years around the world. The extent of the program varies from country to country, and from application to application. It has helped when prison overcrowding is prevalent by working with low level offenders to repair harm done, addressing other root causes when possible.
We had noticed a bit of a sluggishness in sales over the past quarter, so we were excited when the Indigenous People’s Day/foliage weekend pushed us well over recent sales levels in the store. The ramp-up that we experience this time of year sometimes takes us a week or so to catch up to, but this year we expect to have a more difficult time getting product on the shelves. I had mentioned in a recent article that service levels from our main natural foods distributor had been trending negatively, and this trend is sure to get worse before it gets better.