I’m always surprised by the number of people that tell me Kent desparately needs a local health foods grocery store, when in fact, Kent has a great homegrown local health food store — the Kent Natural Food Coop.
Admittedly, it’s a Coop which means it leans heavy on volunteers and doesn’t have a big advertising budget to promote themselves but don’t let their size fool you. They’ve worked hard to expand their hours and their product lines to serve Kent better.
The Coop carries a lot of the same products you’d find at the Mustard Seed but shopping the Coop consumes about 1/10th of the carbon footprint as it does to drive all the way out to Fairlawn and back. Isn’t that the point of a sustainable living?
The Coop continues evolving their organization and I’m pleased to report that they now have an official Board of Directors. Here’s their press release:
Members of the Kent Natural Food Cooperative elected their first board of trustees August 1. Since its founding as a buying club nearly 40 years ago, and reorganization as a co-op in 1990, any of the now over 1,300 lifetime members could have a direct vote at monthly operations meetings.
“The co-op members have elected nine strong people who are dedicated to the mission of making the Kent Natural Food Co-Op the community’s source for healthy food, with a cooperative business model. I personally look forward to being part of Kent’s downtown redevelopment.”
In June, the co-op membership voted to change to a representational form of decision-making in order to assure more continuity and accountability in the store’s operations. Monthly board meetings are open to all members.