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Co-op Annual Meeting and Party
Saturday, March 7, 5 to 9:30 pm
Bellingham Cruise Terminal
Please join us at the Annual Meeting and Party for a night of great food and entertainment, along with an informative meeting highlighting the many recent accomplishments and future direction of our co-op. (Click on the poster for schedule and details.)
Together, we’ll discuss “The Co-op Difference”—the unique qualities that continue to make our co-op a vibrant community hub. We welcome our membership to gather and celebrate together, and we thank each and every one of you for being part of the Community Food Co-op.
Co-op Deli Buffet Menu: Grilled Vietnamese Chicken (gluten free*), Emperor’s Feast (vegan, gluten free*), PNW Kale Salad (vegan, gluten free*), Roasted Squash & Red Onion Salad (vegan, gluten free*), and dinner rolls
Co-op Bakery Dessert Menu: Coconut Almond Macaroon (vegetarian, gluten free*), Lemon Bar with Blueberries (vegetarian), Vegan Tollhouse Cookie (vegan)
*Gluten-free items prepared in a kitchen that also uses gluten-containing ingredients.
Connect with the Co-op — Take Our Survey
All participants will be entered in a drawing for a $50 Co-op gift card
Thank you for sharing your input with us!
Update on the Downtown Expansion and Store Remodel
During the design process for the new Co-op Connections Building, at 405 E. Holly St., we received helpful feedback from staff and shoppers that ultimately shaped the use and design of the building. Then, during the summer, we canvassed the Co-op Summer Party and Downtown store asking for ideas to improve our deli and the Downtown store overall. Co-op member-owners and shoppers continued to share ideas on the Downtown store remodel through the end of October, using paper surveys at the service desk and an online survey.
The feedback and ideas we collected were presented to the Co-op Board and member-owners at the Dining with Directors forum on October 30. We will blend this feedback with operational store needs to develop the remodel plan.
Read monthly updates on the Downtown expansion and remodel projects in our newsletter.
The project will proceed in three phases:
Phase I—Remodel the new Co-op Connections Building to accommodate administration offices, the Healthy Connections classroom, a community meeting space, and a bakery production facility with a small retail storefront. Completed by early 2015.
Read the FAQs about the expansion project. Read a summary of community input on the project.
Phase II—In 2015 we will be sprucing up the Downtown store with a remodeled deli to include expanded deli offerings and mezzanine seating. Completed by fall 2015.
Phase III—Expand and reconfigure the parking lot—dependent on approval of zoning changes—to add a minimum of 15 parking spaces and improve the traffic flow. Completion in summer of 2015 or 2016.
Co-op Board Supports Boycott of Driscoll’s Products
Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ), a local independent farmworker union, asked the Co-op to discontinue purchasing products from Driscoll’s. The FUJ is organizing at Sakuma Bros. Farms in Skagit Valley for fair pay, regular breaks, and the elimination of wage theft. Sakuma packs blackberries and blueberries under the Driscoll’s label. In the Board’s view, Sakuma has not been negotiating in good faith with FUJ and has taken retaliatory and anti-union actions.
The Board does not take this step lightly. It is our strongly held belief that shoppers should be free to make their own purchasing decisions. In this case, however, the Board felt that agreeing to the FUJ request was the best way to support their good faith efforts to improve working conditions for farmworkers at Sakuma Bros. We support FUJ and we are encouraging other food cooperatives to join in solidarity with the farmworkers, as we have.
Message to Members on Eden Foods
In our view, Eden Foods’ federal lawsuit seeking the right to opt out of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandate to provide contraceptive coverage is contrary to the fundamental cooperative values of fairness, equal access, and democracy. We also see this action as fundamentally at odds with Eden’s stated goal, “To maintain a healthy, respectful…environment for employees.” –Co-op Board of Directors