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Getting to know you and making a slam dunk!

| Board of Directors

The Brattleboro Food Co-op Board of Directors kicked off the (almost) new year at our annual retreat, this time online. We spent a Saturday morning in December building cohesion, trust, and effectiveness as a group. As the newest Board member Steffen Gillom said, “It was impactful, and I’m looking forward to getting to know the other Board members.” Other participating Board members included President Jerelyn Wilson, Judy Fink, Beth Neher, Joe Giancarlo, Denise Glover, Mark Adams, and myself, Tamara Stenn.

Brattleboro Food Co-op Staff member tests positive for COVID-19

| Covid-19

This week we learned that a staff member in our Front End tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon learning of the result, we moved quickly to notify our local health department to discuss our plan and also began deep cleaning, additional sanitizing, and contact tracing within the staff. We are following all recommended guidelines from public health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and city, county, and state public health departments.

The staff member in question works only in the Front End at the Brattleboro Food Co-op. They last worked on Thursday December 31 in the Front End.

New Outlooks, New Gratitudes

| Food For Thought, GM Report

Much has been said and written about the turn into this new year. At the Co-op, things are no different—our cumulative exhaustion is proof enough that things need to go better in this new year, as we will no doubt need to adjust several more times to new normalities. Still, I find that gratitude has actually been easier to come by in my own assessments, and I believe this to be true of lots of our community members and Co-op customers as well.

Healing From Foods

An inspirational story is brewing in Brattleboro, VT, from Healing From Foods, a company that centers around sustainable products and ideas rooted in the mantra “food is medicine.” Healing From Foods imports, markets, and sells Ojoche Tostado, a superfood coffee alternative sourced from women’s collectives in rural Nicaragua.