Why are you interested in serving on the Prairie Food Board of Directors?
I am deeply committed to the success of the Prairie Food Co-op. Many Lombard residents lack access to high-quality, sustainable, locally produced food. In fact, Northern Lombard is a designated Undeserved Supermarket Area by the USDA. I plan to raise my family here in Lombard and want all of our families to have better access to safe, high-quality food. The Prairie Food Co-op will have a tremendously beneficial economic impact on our community by providing good jobs, supporting local food producers, and promoting local business. It will be so much more than just a grocery store. I am very excited to be part of this amazing endeavor.
What experience, education, and skills do you have that you feel will contribute to your effectiveness as a Prairie Food Director?
As a Prairie Food Co-op co-founder, I bring significant insight into the business development life cycle of opening the grocery store. I have spent countless hours studying best practices in cooperative development and have attended numerous workshops related to opening the store. I have established mutually beneficial relationships with all of the co-op start-up efforts in the Chicagoland area, and a few others scattered throughout the country. As acting co-secretary, I set-up and manage many of the Prairie Food Co-op’s record keeping systems. I maintain the Prairie Food Co-op website, create all Newsletters, and contribute to our social media presence.
What else would you like Prairie Food owners to know about you?
Food has always been a focal point of my life, having grown up in a household where virtually every meal was prepared from scratch (I never had a “tv dinner” until college!). My introduction to food cooperatives was when I lived in Urbana Illinois and was both an owner and volunteer for the Common Ground Food Co-op. The co-op offered the perfect combination of community, great products, and fun educational classes. I am so excited that Lombard will soon get to experience the pride and joy of building their own community owned grocery store!