So What Was the Big News?

In early October we gathered for our Fall Membership meeting. In the weeks leading up to it, we teased members by saying we had Big News that we'd wait to share at the meeting. So what was it?

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KCFC Goes On Tour

What does 9,000 square feet of grocery retail space look like? What about 900 square feet? What kind of financing goes into a new store capital campaign? How long does it take to acquire an old, neglected space, rehab it, and open it to the public?

These are the kinds of questions that pop up all the time when we discuss KCFC’s future store.

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Interview with Member/Volunteer Stephanie Jackson

1) Why did you join KCFC?

I’ve been a member of a co-op almost everywhere I’ve lived. As I became more interested in alternative healing, I started paying much more attention to my diet. Although I already ate pretty healthy, I became aware of how what I put into my body affects me.

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Interview with Martha and Joshua Grace

1) Why did you join KCFC?

Joshua:  For us it’s a learning process in our faith-journey, some of it is deconstructing racism, materialism, consumerism, and making connections. Part of building a community is becoming reintegrated with creation and the rhythms of creation: learning basic stuff about where our food comes from.

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New Fundraising Coordinator: Amaryllis Rivera

We have recently hired Amaryllis Rivera for the position of KCFC fundraising coordinator. As she prepares to settle in and get to know our organization, we figured this was a good opportunity to introduce her.

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Getting to Know the New Directors

Early in June, we announced the nominations of five candidates seeking open positions on KCFC’s board of directors. Danilo Ghiotto, Colleen Watts, Reed Davaz McGowan, Nicole Haines, and Gail Szczesniak all offered short introductions of themselves by answering through brief Q&As. 

By the end of the month, the election results were in: KCFC members had voted all five nominees to the Board! We want to send out a big thank-you to these five individuals for stepping forward, and another thank-you to outgoing Board member John Kolodziey for all his service.

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Interview with the Snooks

1) Why did you join KCFC?

We joined KCFC because we care greatly about eating healthy, real food. We also care greatly about our community. In order to be able to healthily sustain as a family, we see the benefits of joining with our local community to bring the best possible foods to our neighborhood at affordable prices.

 

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An Update on the Search Committee

From the moment we began planning to establish a co-op grocery store in Kensington, we’ve relied on the experience and talent of our members. For our next monumental task—identifying a commercial real estate property for our future store—we’re once again turning to the professionals in our own ranks.

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PACA Conference a Success

On June 13th, Drexel University along with the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance hosted a one-day academic conference, analyzing Philadelphia's co-ops in comparison with co-ops in Madison, WI.  KCFC was one of the case studies.

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And the Nominees are...

Ballots will be available very soon, so get to know your Nominees for the KCFC board!


 

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