With the longer, warmer, and often sunnier days of summer upon us we are hoping to find a few more volunteers to help us with our deliveries. If you’ve some free time on any 2nd, 3rd, or 4th Tuesday of the month and would like to help out… please do! It’s a fun social event and there are “special treats” as well.
Also… anytime you volunteer 3 hours or more, you get a 10% volunteer discount off your retail table purchases, Produce, Equal Exchange, and UNFI orders distributed that day
Well folks… it’s been a while since I was able to sit down
to let everyone know what’s going on with our Co-op… but rest assured, we’re
doing well and we’re still growing!
2020 was one heck of a year for us in more ways than one.
Actually, at this time last year we were just chugging along as usual then…
Wham! Covid came to Sitka and
everything changed. First, in March Centennial Hall was closed to us and we
scrambled over to ANB Hall. Then mask wearing, curbside pickups and home
deliveries became the new “norm” for our delivery days. Next came the supply chain disruptions
and shortages of many basic staples such as rice, beans, and flours. But the
biggest challenge of all, however, came in the form of vastly larger orders. We
went from importing an average of 5.7 tons of food per month to 7.5 tons… a 31%
increase. To handle this sudden “surge” in volume we ended up having to switch
to having three deliveries per month and, finally… last but not least… we ended
up relocating to St. Gregory’s Church. Throughout all those changes… as well as
a parade of new challenges… our Board, staff, and member volunteers rose to the
occasion and never lost sight of our primary mission, to “Bring Good Food &
Community Together.” While Covid
has definitely changed things for us, some of those changes have actually been
for the better. And… as for that “surge” in sales I mentioned… it continues to
this very day and sales remain at historic highs. (Detailed information about
last year’s operation will be presented at our annual meeting on March 21st
and our annual report will also be posted on our website after the annual
As we move further into 2021, who knows what the future will
bring… but we are a “cooperative” and therein lies our strength. We’re a group
of people that have come together to solve a common problem and whatever comes
our way I’m sure we’ll adapt and rise to the occasion. We always have… and
always will. Together we are creating an alternative food model for Sitka.