Each month, Co-op employees nominate colleagues they want to honor, and a committee comes together to vote on a winner. For January, Emily in the Front End was selected. She is being honored for her consistently outstanding customer service and a deep commitment to an amazing customer experience for every person she interacts with here at the Co-op.
Food For Thought
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we will be welcoming local organizations for our 4th Annual MLK Day Event. Join us between 10am and 6pm to meet and greet our local heroes: twenty organizations will be present in the store (in three consecutive 2-3 hour shifts) to inform, educate, and spread the word about volunteer opportunities in our community. Come hobnob with the coolest people in town! And remember, as a Co-op Shareholder you can receive up to 8 hours (4 months) per calendar year of your Shareholder Discount by volunteering at a local non-profit. At the Brattleboro Food Co-op, for more information 802-246-2821 or Shareholders@brattleborofoodcoop.coop.
Each month, two of members of the Co-op’s Board of Directors “table*” in the Co-op.
Brattleboro Food Co-op Board of Directors
2019 BOARD ELECTION RESULTS
Total Ballots Cast: 1,019: 999 on-line ballots, 21 paper ballots. No ballots were invalid.
Over recent months we have received feedback from shoppers that they would like us to offer more vegan baked goods. While we do offer a few items, such as our vegan carrot cake, a full line of products has been hard to source. Recently our Food Services manager, Dawn, stopped in at the Brattleboro Farmers’ Market and recognized Kelsey at Hidden Bean Bakeshop from when she did her Shareholder volunteer hours in the commissary kitchen. Dawn tried a few different baked goods of Kelsey’s that day and was immediately impressed. Over the past few weeks, Dawn has been working closely with Kelsey to determine which items would be a good fit at the Co-op. We are pleased that starting in December we will offer many Hidden Bean Bakeshop products, from breads to cookies to brownies to whoopie pies—all featuring beans. All selections are gluten free and dairy free, many are vegan, and all contain less sugar than your average baked good.
Every year, you may remember, I report to the Board of Directors how successful we have been in improving our performance related to our Ends policies. These policies are the “ends” that inspire the “means,” and we constantly evaluate and rededicate our decisions in light of those important concepts.
For every Christmas tree we sell on December 7th from 10am – 5pm, we will donate $15 to Groundworks Collaborative. The trees are grown by family-owned Bishop Tree Farm in Springfield, VT. Not interested in buying a tree? Stop in and donate non-perishable food to the Groundworks Collaborative and Project Feed the Thousands campaign. We will have warm drinks, snacks and a lively group of people collecting food and helping to load trees on cars.
2019 Election for New Board Members
In 2019, there are two seats open. One seat can be (but does not have to be) filled by a staff member (the current board already includes one staff member). The two candidates who receive the most votes will be elected for 3 year terms, starting December 2019 and ending December 2022.