Vancouver Food Cooperative starved for support

first_imgPublic meeting? What: Vancouver Food Co-op special meeting.? When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday.? Where: Fruit Valley Community Center, 3200 Fruit Valley Road.? Information: http://vancouverfood.coopThe Vancouver Food Cooperative at 1002 Main St. is owed $9,000 in unpaid dues by members who presumably signed up because they were inspired by the nonprofit grocery store’s healthy, community-focused mission.Their failure to back good intentions with dollars is emblematic of the co-op’s whole problem, according to board president Kirk Wright: People who claim to care aren’t keeping their commitments. Not only are they not coming through with the one-time member dues that capitalize the store’s operations, he said, they’re also not volunteering and not even shopping at the store enough to keep it alive.The Vancouver Food Cooperative approved its charter and bylaws in 2009 and later established an online store and opened its downtown store. It is a member-owned and -operated company that emphasizes “real food,” according to its mission statement: local, minimally processed, organic and healthy.But barring a big, quick infusion of dedicated volunteerism — no later than a special membership meeting set for Thursday night — Wright said he expects the company to dissolve itself. That’s after a period of “major financial stress,” according to a letter that went out to earlier this month to the co-op’s membership of just over 400.“There have been many attempts to encourage shopping and to engage members and the community in store operation and staff volunteer positions critical to the organization.last_img

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