A PFC Sonnet from the Sonnet Bomber

We were recently gifted a beautiful sonnet from the Sonnet Bomber. We are so grateful for the kind, impactful words. We hope you enjoy! No. 25 People’s Food Co-op A store that’s of the people, by the people For the people framed, designed, and run And founded on the premise that we’re equal And should have equal share in what is done; A store that uses ethics to consider The goods and wares it places on the shelves And trades with local farmers and providers To profit others as they do themselves; A store where those who serve have equal standing, Where those who buy do not presume to rule, Where we interact as partners, understanding That mutual respect is common fuel- We keep our ideals strong here, you and me; Maintaining a benign democracy. With love and gratitude, The Sonnet Bomber Visit The Sonnet Bomber on Facebook:...

November 2016 Board Matters News and updates from your PFC Board of Directors

The People’s Food Co-op Board has been working with cooperative consulting firm, CDS Consulting Co-Op. This firm specializes in food cooperatives, such as ours. Their expertise has helped us to clarify our policies, to work better as a team and to envision our future. Our assigned consultant, Jade Barker, returned to Ann Arbor to design our mid-October retreat. Barker led us through a very productive agenda, which included presentations on how to formulate a vision and how the Board can incorporate that vision into policy. After discussing the obstacles that PFC is facing, we are motivated to tackle and resolve the issues that we have identified. In the past few months, the store has transitioned to using compostable containers for PFC packaged food and café items. These containers are acceptable to be composted in the city’s compost bins but they are not ideal for composting in your own home composting system, as you may not generate enough heat in a small bin to decompose them in the short run. As a bonus, every case of containers purchased from the supplier, 20 Liters (www.20Liters.org), one month of clean water is donated to a village in Rwanda. PFC spends a good deal of resources on credit card transaction fees. We’d like to cut the cost of these fees but need the assistance of our members. Consider this: “If you owned a business, and had two ways of conducting a financial transaction, one way which cost 2% of every transaction and the other way without any fees, wouldn’t you prefer to make those financial transactions in a way without a fee? “...