Then, there is the pivotal work of recruiting members—the individuals and households who have paid a one-time investment determined by them and to whom our Board and future general manager are accountable. The strength of KCFC, like any co-op, lies in the members, in their volunteer contributions, the different forms of expertise they offer, and their loyalty as customers when the store opens.
We have just hit the 200-member mark and will continue to actively recruit new members. Their investments represent an essential part of KCFC’s equity and a collective show of confidence that ultimately will lead us to opening and operating our store.
How can our collective efforts benefit Kensington? A cooperative grocery store would be a sign of our community’s self-reliance and proof that neighborhood development is possible without big-government assistance or mega-chain investments. It would mean we can help drive the local economy and connect liked-minded businesses (we already have a Shop Local through which members get discounts for patronizing local businesses). Just as important, it would mean we can enjoy the simple pleasures that go with buying and eating fresh food at a neighborhood store.
Brian Baughan is a Kensington Community Food Co-op member and is on of its Board of Directors. Since doing a brief stint as a Weaver’s Way Co-op member, he has committed to supporting and building local, independent business.
The mission of the Kensington Community Food Co-op is to open a member-owned cooperative grocery store in the Kensington area that will provide healthy, quality food, products and services to its members and the community. Visit KCFC online at kcfoodcoop.com.
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