Board ElectionsEverything you need to know to Vote!
Meet your 2022 Candidates!
Voting Starts Tuesday, April 5th, 2022 and Ends Monday, April 25th, 2022 at 6pm .
I am running for the Co-op Board because a vibrant cooperative grocery is essential to Ann Arbor. I am a sociologist (Ph.D. Boston University) with decades of membership in food co-ops and a 5-year stint on the board of the Natural Foods Co-op, Sioux Falls, SD prior to moving to Ann Arbor in 2018. I am trained in the co-op policy governance model. I retired in 2012 as executive director of SD Voices for Children, a statewide policy advocacy organization. From 2012 to 2017 my husband and I ran a small produce farm—Deer Creek Herbs & Teas—and sold fresh-cut herbs to the local Co-op. These experiences have deepened my understanding of the significance of cooperatives in providing healthy, affordable food to a community.
I look forward to serving the People’s Food Co-op of Ann Arbor and, if elected, to meeting many of you. Your engagement in the days ahead will be vital to this Co-op’s ability to meet this moment and to honor the proud legacy that is its foundation.
Like many People’s Food Co-op shoppers, this is my local and preferred grocery store. I believe in the importance of sustainable foods and the PFC consistently delivers a great selection of foods to our Ann Arbor community. I would like to join the PFC Board to guide policies that will continue to provide shoppers and members the best selection southeast Michigan can offer.
With an engineering background, I would bring a data driven and analytic perspective to the Board. I want to make sure the People’s Food Co-op is around for decades to come by driving policies that keep the PFC solvent and vibrant. However, I am not just a number cruncher, over the pandemic I worked on two organic farms and experienced firsthand the benefits of sourcing your food locally. I also learned and have become passionate about regenerative agriculture as a way to sequester carbon in our soils and lower the environmental impact meat has on our planet. The food tastes better, is more nutritious,and purchases are going back to farmers and families that could very well be your neighbors.
One of the roles of the PFC in the larger community is to help connect the local economy. The Board’s policies should continue to reflect this as well. One idea that comes to mind is to include a sheet next to the local food shelves in the PFC, containing a photo of the farm/farmer as well as the distance the food traveled to reach the shelf. An initiative like this would bring an understanding of the people and places behind the food, overall strengthening our connection to the local community.
Finally, I see our youth as a crucial component in the continued success of the PFC. I hope to help the PFC educate students and local youth about the benefits of fresh, regeneratively farmed foods and increase the engagement they have in our food system. The foods we eat should be benefiting our bodies, the air we breathe and the soil below our feet.
The People’s Food Co-op has a 50+ year history that has strengthened and supported Ann Arbor’s sustainable food system. I am committed to supporting sustainable food systems and would be honored to serve on the People’s Food Co-op Board.
I started working for PFC in 2014 as a cashier, the work environment was welcoming and friendly. I had zero knowledge of what a grocery cooperative was and I was eager to learn more. I joined the GM search committee in 2015/2016 and that catapulted me into board work and policy governance. I was appointed to the Board in 2016 to serve out the rest of the term left vacant by Keegan Rogers, when that term was over I ran for re-election in 2018 and because I believe in our organization so passionately, I am asking the board to run for another term, should nominations proceed once my application is reviewed. The co-op means so much to our community and I feel it’s important that the Board of Directors reflect that passion. People’s Food Co-op not only changed the course of my professional life, it’s also taught me the importance of community and how we support the local economy around us.
Thank you all for your time,
with Guest Speaker Malik Yakini
Date:Tue., April 26, 2022
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Malik Kenyatta Yakini is an activist, educator who is a co-founder and executive director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network. He is a board member of the Detroit People’s Food Co-op. In 2009, he spearheaded efforts to establish the Detroit Food Policy Council and served as its first chair. He is a co-founder of the National Black Food and Justice Alliance
It’s Election Season!
Let your voice be heard! VOTE! With the continuation of online voting, it is so easy to participate. Vote at home, vote in the store, request a paper ballot: just vote! This is an important opportunity be an active member of OUR member-owned store. This opportunity for participation is what sets PFC apart from other stores in the community. The board members steer the direction of the store by creating the policies that the PFC general manager and staff follow. As board members we represent YOU! So take the time to learn about the candidates and vote!
VOTING STARTS TODAY!
Voting online is easy!
- Go to pfc.simplyvoting.com
- Enter your member number and last name to access the ballot. Your name and number must match that in our records.
- To find your member number look on the back of your key-tag or member card, i.e.: 4 0000012345 4 (the numbers 12345 in the example is your member number).
- If you don’t remember your member number call PFC (734)994-9174 or ask a cashier.
- Choose no more than three candidates.
- Hit continue to submit your ballot.
All voting will begin Tuesday, April 5th, 2022 and ends Monday April 25th, 2022 at 6pm sharp!
If you have any questions, contact us at (734)994-4589 or email@example.com.
If you are interested in getting more involved at the Co-op, serving on any one of several board committees is a great option! We are always looking for members to lend their time and energy to help make PFC a better co-op. To find out more information about which committees exist and what efforts are needed at this time, contact our vice president or attend this month’s board meeting. We’d love to have you join us!