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Owner Growth Timeline Heats Up!

Help us reach our September Goal of 300 Owners
Now that we're all back in town from summer vacations, it is time to  
become an owner of the Grand Rapids Food Co-op!
We have a solid core of 250 owners and a wonderful potential location at Wealthy and Division. Now is the time to make sure our co-op will be able to build our store where we want it!
Do your part to reach our goal of 1000 owners by the end of 2019!

We are ready to be embraced by everyone who wants this store in central GR. Liking us on Facebook is great, if everyone who has liked us on Facebook became an owner, we would reach our goal and surpass it! We are waiting to welcome you into our dynamic, progressive community. We are supporters of the local food economy on every level. We are empowering us all to be the change we want to see in the world.
Co-ops work when committed people cooperate!
 
Become an OWNER!

Ready to Lead the Co-op?

 
Want to have an even greater impact on West Michigan?
Run for an seat on our Top Circle!


The Top Circle is our version of the Board of Directors, setting the direction of our
co-op. As part of our Top Circle, you will attend monthly meetings, add your input, help us grow our membership, and pitch in with various tasks
as you are able and willing.

We will elect three Top Circle members for three-year terms at our
Annual Meeting on November 12. 

Interested in running? Click the button below to let us know!
I Want To Run!

Author Jon Steinman coming to Grand Rapids Tuesday, October 22

Grand Rapids Food Co-op is hosting Jon Steinman, author of Grocery Story, an in depth exploration of cooperative grocery stores and how they differ from the commercial sector. 

Tuesday, October 22 7-9 pm
DGRI Conference Room, 29 Pearl St. NW. 
Admission is free


Jon will be offering an engaging presentation with time for discussion, book signing,
and a chance to join our food co-op. Books will be available for purchase.
To learn more about Jon and his new book, read on.


Who Owns Your Grocery Store?
New book about consumer-owned grocery stores pulls back the curtain on the grocery giants
 
Food has become ground-zero in our efforts to increase awareness of how our choices impact the world. Yet while we have begun to transform our communities and dinner plates, the most authoritative
strand of the food web has received surprisingly little attention: the grocery store―the epicenter of our food-gathering ritual.

Through penetrating analysis and inspiring stories and examples of American and Canadian food co-ops, Grocery Story makes a compelling case for the transformation of the grocery store aisles as the emerging frontier in the local and good food movements. Author Jon Steinman:

  • Deconstructs the food retail sector and the shadows cast by corporate giants
  • Makes the case for food co-ops as an alternative
  • Shows how co-ops spur the creation of local food-based economies and enhance low-income food access.

Grocery Story is for everyone who eats. Whether you strive to eat more local and sustainable food, or are in support of community economic development, Grocery Story will leave you hungry to join the food co-op movement in your own community.


 
Jon Steinman is the producer and host of the internationally syndicated radio show and podcast 
Deconstructing Dinner (2006-2010) and of Deconstructing Dinner: Reconstructing our Food System – a television and web series currently streaming online. Jon was an elected director from 2006-2016 of the Kootenay Co-op – Canada's largest independent retail consumer food co-op, serving as Board President from 2014-2016. He lives in Nelson, British Columbia. www.deconstructingdinner.com

Store Financing Working Group
seeks members

 

How much will it cost to build our co-op grocery? What kinds of equipment
will we install? How will we finance the project? The Store Financing Working Group 
will conduct research and reconnaissance so that we can make decisions
with the best information possible.

Please join this group if you enjoy researching costs or speaking with building or retail grocery professionals about their work.
 
    Also seeking members with interest or expertise in:
  • construction
  • interior design
  • retail or grocery management
  • running a food business
  • local agricultural producers and food vendors
  • city and other permits
  • bank loans
  • fundraising
 
 
Most of the group’s work can be done independently or over email. 
We may schedule optional learning expeditions to food co-ops or other businesses, as well. There will be tasks for group members who can
contribute at any level of time commitment.

Please click the button below by Saturday, October 12,
if you would like to be part of the Store Financing Working Group.
It takes many hands to start a cooperative business!
 
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