December 2022 Newsletter

Detroit Food Commons Construction Update
The latest projections have construction being completed in August 2023, which would put the DPFC opening most likely in October 2023.  

Here are some other updates.

Construction Updates: All steel work will be complete by December 2.
Construction Preview:  Exterior brick veneer installation is next.  
Percent of Construction Completed: 34% 
Membership Numbers Update
We have 1691 members. To meet our goal of 2000 members by opening, we are looking to welcome 309 members. That's about 1 new member per day before the opening in October 2023. 

Amount of Member/Owner capital we've raised so far: $285,000

How much more money do we need to raise before opening? $525,000 in grants and loans

Give the gift of membership -- Tell your friends and neighbors about why you joined the Co-op. If you'd like someone from DPFC to come talk about the benefits of membership at your event, please email us at
Board Nominations are Now Open 
DPFC Elections are approaching in March, along with the Co-op Annual Membership meeting on 3/18/23! Do you know someone who could be a suitable candidate for the DPFC Board of Directors? Criteria is outlined below. Contact shakara Tyler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 

Required qualification for candidates include: 
- 6-month paid-in-full membership
Desired qualifications for candidates include: 
- Commitment to DPFC's mission
- History of community involvement, particularly in Detroit
- Detroit residency
- Past participation in DPFC volunteer events 
- Relevant professional expertise (legal, finance, community organizing, etc.)
- Diversity in age, gender, race, background, expertise, etc. 
- Willing and available to attend Board and membership meetings
- Representing DPFC and its interests at community events
Get Involved with the Co-op in December
Show your support with a T-Shirt! 

We have DPFC T-shirts for sale at the following locations: 

- KAN Books at Eastern Market, Sundays from 10-4
- DPFC Office during regular office hours
- At our tabling events. 

Price is $25 per shirt and we have all sizes.

Save the Date 

January 19th, Calling All New Members! - Membership & Outreach meetup on Zoom, 7pm. 
February 18th - Community Information Session, 2-4pm (Location TBD)
March 18th - Coop annual membership meeting (Location TBD)

Join a Subcommittee
Introducing the Communications Subcommittee! This new team will work with the Membership and Outreach Committee to get the word out about upcoming events. 

The Finance, Fundraising, and Communications subcommittees are all looking for new member/ owners to join their teams. If you are interested, please email

Long term volunteer opportunities
Black Caucus: DPFC is currently forming a Black Caucus and we are looking for Black member/owners to join and help us create a strong foundation for Black leadership and engagement. If you are interested in joining or learning more, contact shakara tyler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Committee Information
Join our upcoming committee meetings to see cooperative values in action!

Membership and Outreach Committee
Current members: 1,691

Quarterly General Membership Meeting
Second Monday of the month in January.
January 9; 7-8:30 p.m.
The link will be emailed to all member/owners the evening before the meeting. 

Operations Committee

Operations Committee Meetings
First and third Wednesday of every month.
December 7 and 21; 6-7:00 p.m.
Please reach out to if you would like to serve on this committee.

Finance Committee

Monthly Finance Committee Meeting
Second Wednesday of every month.
December 14; 10:30-11:30 AM
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Quick Correction - December 2022 Newsletter

January Board Meeting Date
See below for the correct date and time

The Board of Directors

The Board of Directors Meeting
The upcoming meeting will take place 1:00-3:00 PM on the following date (4th Sunday of the month):

January 22, 2023 

Meeting link is by request only, please contact 
Please note, meetings may only be attended by member/owners at this time.
Anti-Racist Work Group

Anti-Racist Work Group Meeting
First Monday of every month (not meeting in November).
December 5; 7 - 8:30 pm EST

This month, we will meet on Zoom to discuss the article Decolonization is Not a Metaphor

For the Zoom link to this month's meeting, email
Get in Touch with the Co-op
Monthly updates on office hours and membership information
Contact Information

Phone: (833) 373-2313

If calling, please leave a message so we can get back to you in a timely manner.

Office Hours

The DPFC Office is open on the following days: 
Mondays 2-5 pm
Wednesdays 12-3 pm

The office will be closed on December 26th. 
The address is 11000 W McNichols. Please knock on the door of Suite 105. Masks are required. Come and visit us! 

Membership Updates

If you need to update your credit card information for your membership, please email
Follow DPFC on social media to see what we're doing in the community!