Photo credit: Yelm Food Co-op, used with permission
From the Press Release:
Summer 2011 finds the Yelm Food Co-op launching a fundraising campaign for Phase One of an Expansion Project that will move the Co-op store to a larger space. The move is necessary because the Co-op is growing at almost 40% each year and has simply outgrown its current location.
The Board of Directors has set a Phase One goal of raising $27,000 by September 30, 2011 to pay for a Market Analysis and a Financial Feasibility Study. These professionally executed studies are necessary to show the potential size of the Yelm market and how the expanded store can truly meet the needs of the community.
According to Co-op Board President, Bill Wyman, “We want to position the Co-op as a community leader in projects that strengthen and support the local Yelm economy. Part of this vision includes providing a reasonably sized natural foods grocery store that provides a local year-round market for the areas organic farmers, while at the same time providing consumers with the best in locally produced meat and produce.”
Earlier this year, a survey of Co-op member-owners revealed a high level of support for the creation of a larger store that offers new and expanded departments and a far greater selection of items than the current location can possibly carry. Included in the vision for the new store are a deli and a salad bar, a butcher counter, a Pacific Northwest wine section, a demonstration kitchen and classroom space, and a coffee bar with an inviting dining/sitting area.
Fundraising efforts include a phone campaign to inform member-owners of the need to raise the money; a Help Your Co-op Grow Beanstalk and Golden Egg display in the store to track our fundraising progress; and various to-be-announced special events to raise both funds and awareness of the Co-op and its broader vision.
Member-owners are encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting on Sunday September 18 from 2:00-4:00 PM at the Yelm Adult Community Center at 16530 103rd Ave NE, Yelm. At the meeting, members will hear a progress report on the Expansion and cast their votes for Board members.
Please visit the Co-op website at www.yelmfood.coop to learn more. Look for our newsletter, The Grapevine, at the store and at http://yelmfood.coop/2011/07/our-second-newsletter/ and download the PDF.
The Yelm Food Co-op, located on First Avenue in the Frontier Village Shopping Center, is open to the public and carries organic and whole foods from farmers and companies that employ earth-sustaining food production techniques.
For further information, contact Kate Morgan at 360-400-2210.
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