Empty Bowls fundraiser for Foodworks remains virtual in 2021

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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.

A message from our GM on Atlanta and Boulder…

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At the Brattleboro Food Co-op, we have been reeling from all of the violence over the last couple of weeks. We stand with our neighbors from the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in light of the awful tragedy in Atlanta. And now, we breathlessly stand with our brethren grocery store workers and public servants in Boulder. CO. Breathlessly, because they are us. Grocery store workers all over the country and throughout the world, have worked so hard to continue to provide service and food to our communities in spite of the myriad challenges posed by this pandemic.  Those challenges are not just from the virus and its properties, but from human beings who choose to traumatize and impose their political views on those who simply come to work every day to provide for their neighbors, all the while trying to stay safe. So many of us are not safe in our society already due to our stubborn history of white supremacy. This current environment and its innate stresses only exacerbates the inequity and the inhuman actions that the inconsiderate take over our neighbors. At our Co-op, we simply want to continue to serve our community and strive to do so in a thoughtful and supportive way, for all of our neighbors. We are grateful to those of you who recognize and appreciate the task grocery store employees have undertaken, for more than an year, I myself am humbled to work with such a dedicated staff who continues to do the best that they can in difficult conditions. Let’s try to be better human beings to each other. Life is hard enough.

The Co-op at 45

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1975 marks the end of the Vietnam War with the fall of Saigon; the conviction of Mitchell, Haldeman and Ehrlichman, ending the Watergate Scandal; and the bombing of the State Department by the Weather Underground. 1975 also marks the beginning of Microsoft Corporation, Saturday Night Live, and the Brattleboro Food Co-op.

Round Up for Change is here!

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The Brattleboro Food Co-op is excited to announce the launch of its Round Up program. Shoppers can now choose to round up their purchase to the nearest dollar and have the difference go to a local non-profit. Each month we will select a different non-profit to be featured as the recipient of our shoppers’ generosity. The first organization that we will feature is Groundworks Collaborative in November and December. Groundworks Collaborative provides ongoing support to families and individuals facing a full continuum of housing and food insecurities in the greater Brattleboro area.