Staff member tests positive for COVID – Aug 2021

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We want to inform you that a Co-op cashier tested positive for COVID-19. They were last at work on Saturday, August 21, and noticed a symptom consistent with the signs: loss of sense of smell. We typically sanitize each register area at the end of every shift, so all safety protocols were enforced. The staff member is quarantining at home and all close contacts have been informed and are also being tested prior to return to work. We are greatly relieved that all were vaccinated.

Empty Bowls fundraiser for Foodworks remains virtual in 2021

| Community

BRATTLEBORO, VT — In recognition of rising COVID case numbers, the Empty Bowls Steering Committee has opted to go virtual again this year as opposed to returning to an in-person dinner.  For 18 years now, local potters have created and donated beautiful and functional bowls to raise funds for the food shelf that has now grown to be Foodworks. In that regard, this year is no different.

Big Shoes to Fill

| Board of Directors

Shanta Lee Gander is stepping down from the Board of Directors after the October 4 Board meeting. Shanta Lee was appointed to the Board in January ’21 to fill the remainder of Grace Koch’s seat. As the indefatigable chair of the Board’s Community Engagement Committee, Shanta has been leading an ongoing “listening session” project to better connect the Co-op with the surrounding community. Of her Board service, Shanta says “one of the many things I am taking away is the depthless passion that you all have for our community and the sustainability of our Co-op, which has been inspiring.”  A published author, Shanta is stepping down from Board service in order to devote more time to bringing her next book to fruition, as it was just picked up by a publisher. Shanta will be missed! As noted by fellow Board member Beth Neher, Shanta has brought “an energy, thoughtfulness and perspective that has benefitted our work”.

The Brattleboro Food Co-op Ends Policies – We want your feedback!

What are Ends and why are they important? Our Co-op’s Ends policies are governance policies formulated by the Co-op’s Board of Directors to reflect shareholders’ values and aspirations for our Co-op. Ends policies state the Board purposes of the Brattleboro Food Co-op: what we are trying to accomplish and for whom. The Ends explain our reasons for existing and lay out the desired future toward which we would like the Co-op, under the leadership of the General Manager, to work; in the work of the Board, the Ends are some of the ways that the Board monitors and assesses the General Manager’s performance. Ends are not necessarily immediately achievable; rather, they are often long term because they describe the kind of organization we want.

Answering your Questions About COVID-19 and the Co-op

| Covid-19

What you need to know about Shopping the Co-op during Covid-19:

  • August 27, 2021:
    • We want to inform you that a Co-op grocery employee tested positive for COVID-19. They were last at work on Monday, August 23. The staff member is quarantining at home, all close contacts have been informed, and are also being tested prior to return to work. From what we know of the situation, there is no reason to believe this case is associated with the earlier positive case announced on August 25th.We are in touch with the Department of Health, and are making sure that all employees have all the information they need for testing, vaccination, and quarantine protocols.

      Safety of our staff, our Shareholders, and our community continues to be our greatest priority. We have recently reinstituted a mask mandate in the store. Please abide by our mask requirement, wash your hands frequently, and consider avoiding large group gatherings to keep our community safe.

Meet the Board! Joe Giancarlo

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