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.
Last year I wrote my first Co-op article on the topic of a welcoming community. To recap: In that article I spoke about my move to Brattleboro. It was a difficult time in my life, and I was seeking ways to make connections and find affiliation. One of my first decisions was to become a shareholder at the Co-op. I learned I could receive a discount by working two hours a month. Still groping to find my way I worked on average ten hours a week! I didn’t have other commitments and The Co-op was my “go to” place; I developed cordial relationships with Co-op employees, especially with those working the front end. I not only received a discount for my Co-op shopping, I also began to find the connection and affiliation I was seeking. Now I am a Co-op Board Member!
This October, Brattleboro Food Co-op is joining over 40,000 co-operatives and credit unions across the United States in celebrating Co-op Month, observed nationally since 1964. This year’s theme, “Co-ops: By the Community, For the Community,” was chosen by the National Cooperative Business Association to promote how co-operative enterprises enable people to work together to meet their needs and build stronger communities.
Consider Bardwell Farm has issued a voluntary and precautionary FDA recall, for their Dorset cheese. The recall is due to finding Listeria Monocytogenes in their facilities. If anyone has this cheese and wants to return it, please return for a full refund. Please return the product to the Co-op.
On Saturday, October 12th, at Landmark College, the Empty Bowls Steering Committee will serve up the 16th Annual Empty Bowls Dinner to benefit the food shelf program at Groundworks Collaborative, now known as Foodworks.
Groundworks Collaborative has signed a lease on 141 Canal Street—the former home of Domino’s Pizza—as the new home for the region’s most heavily utilized food shelf program. The Food Shelf, which has operated from the Drop-In Center at 60 South Main Street since the 1980s, served well over 3,700 people in over 1,400 households in 2018.