We need to update your information! Do we have your best email address? Is your physical address current? Our recent Annual Report mailing served to alert us that we have much outdated information in our database for BFC shareholders, so please stop by the Shareholder Services desk to let us know your info, or email us at
. We now offer the Food for Thought in an early-month email, along with monthly specials and the current Co-op Deals. This is a long-sought service, and we are pleased to offer it.
Food for All Are you or do you know someone who might benefit from the Food for All program? This is a new initiative beginning in January, in conjunction with our friends at the Neighboring Food Co-ops Association, Co-op Fund of New England, and other area co-ops. Those currently receiving EBT or SNAP, WIC, or SSI income assistance are eligible, and can participate by filling out a Food for All application with supporting documentation. The responsibility is to become a shareholder with a $20 initial payment on equity. The benefit is a 10% discount at the register on purchases excluding alcohol for the calendar year. Please stop by Shareholder Services to pick up an application and get more information. As part of this effort, we are beginning to take the show on the road. We are organizing opportunities for shareholders to participate in our efforts to assist food shelf users in our community. This might include being part of a team cooking up unfamiliar foods with recipes, assisting people to eat nutritionally even when challenged with a lack of cooking facilities, and more. If you are interested in participating in this effort, please let us know:
or stop by Shareholder Services in the store. GMO Update: As of mid-November, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has signed on to support the federal “Genetically Engineered Right-to-Know Act," introduced this past April by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Representative Pete DiFazio (D-OR). She joins the Vermont delegation and half of the New Hampshire delegation in pursuing labeling of foods that include genetically engineered ingredients. For more information about the discussion at the federal level, go to www.justlabelit.org. Meanwhile, the Vermont Senate will be taking up this issue in the new session. Please remind your state senators of your rights as a citizen to be informed about the food that you eat.