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January Newsletter

 
Happy New Year! 
Looking forward to a year of community and growth! 
 
Save The Date! 2022 Annual Meeting
 
 
The Detroit People’s Food Co-op Annual Meeting and Board Elections will take place on Saturday, March 19, 2022. At this meeting, you'll get important updates from the board president and the committee chairs. Stay until the end to get the election results!

This year, The Detroit People’s Food Co-op (DPFC) is electing 2 board members to serve 3-year terms. To formally run for the board, you must

- Have been a member for at least six months
- Have paid the member capital in full

Please consider running for election if you have been actively involved with one of the DPFC committees and/or have a strong professional background in one of the following areas:

- Accounting
- Budgets
- Business Operations
- Finance
- Fundraising 
- Grant Writing
- Law
- Marketing
- Membership Outreach
- Public Relations 
- Retail Management
- Volunteer Coordination

Interested candidates can submit a brief bio, resume and letter of interest indicating why they are interested in being a co-op board member, share their experience of serving on a Board of Directors if they have done so previously, and share any prior experience with cooperatives. Please send to shakara tyler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 9, 2022

We are also looking for members to join the elections committee! If a DPFC member is interested in serving on the elections committee, please email 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: 1,415

Monthly General Membership Meeting
Second Monday of every month.
Jan 10; 7-8:30 p.m.


The link will be emailed to all member/owners the evening before the meeting. 
Contact 833-373-2313 for more information.

Rescheduled Virtual Watch Party! 
Join the Membership and Outreach Committee on January 11, 2022 for the viewing and discussion of the 2012 critically acclaimed documentary, The Contradictions of Fair Hope.

Zoom room opens at 7:30 PM.
Movie starts promptly at 7:45 PM.

About the Film: July 1865. Over 4 million slaves have been freed. Forced to roam the antebellum countryside, many of them are ill prepared and unable to cope with the realities of their newfound freedom. This documentary examines a little known aspect of American history, when newly freed slaves throughout the South formed "benevolent societies" to respond to abject hunger, illness and the fear of a pauper's grave. This documentary sets the stage in rural Alabama, prior to Emancipation, and traces the development, struggles, contributions and gradual loss of tradition of one of the last remaining African American benevolent societies, known as "The Fair Hope Benevolent Society" in Uniontown, Alabama. Through gripping human stories of some of the last surviving society members and interviews with historians and local residents, the film provides an unprecedented look at the complex and morally ambiguous world of Fair Hope juxtaposed against the worldly pleasures of what has become known as the annual "Foot Wash" celebration.

Movie is 67 minutes in length and contains mature subject matter. This is an invitation only party, share the link only with your invited guests.
 

Each One, Bring One: Membership Campaign


Thank you for participating in our recent campaign to bring in new members/owners! Thanks to our work, we gained 74 new members in November and 15 new members in December. Our current total is 1,415 member/owners.
 
** A big congratulations to Gracie Wooten and Pat Kolon for winning the December membership referral raffle. They will each win either an air fryer, juicer, or Nutribullet ** 
 
Our efforts shouldn’t end here. Let’s continue to grow our numbers by talking about the co-op with our friends and family.

If you would like to host a co-op party at your home or place of business, we'll support you!

Someone from the board will visit to discuss the mission of the co-op and the benefits of joining. For more information, e-mail us to attend your co-op membership event.

Know someone that's already interested in becoming a member? Ask them to join via the website. 

Office Hours Update

The DPFC Office is open on the following days: 
  •  Mondays 3-6 pm
  • Wednesdays 12-3 pm
 The address is 11000 W McNichols. Please knock on Suite 105. Masks are required. Come and visit us! 

Operations Committee

Operations Committee Meetings
First and third Wednesday of every month.
Jan 5 and Jan 19; 6-7:00 p.m.

Please reach out to info@detroitpeoplesfoodcoop.com if you would like to serve on this committee.

Finance Committee

Monthly Finance Committee
Meeting Second Wednesday of every month.
Jan 12; 10:30-11:30 AM

Please reach out to info@detroitpeoplesfoodcoop.com if you would like to serve on this committee.

The Board of Directors

The Board of Directors Meeting
Third Sunday of every month.
Jan 16; 1-2:30 p.m.

Members are welcome to observe but it is a working meeting for the board. Please email info@detroitpeoplesfoodcoop.com for the meeting link.

The link will be emailed the evening before the meeting. Please note, meetings may only be attended by member/owners at this time.
 
Additional Resources

Anti-Racist Work Group Meeting
First Monday of every month.
Jan 3rd, 7-8:30 p.m.

The Detroit People's Food Co-op, rooted in the historic tradition of Black cooperatives, was founded by Black Detroiters as a solution to anti-Black capitalism and food apartheid.

The Anti-Racist Work Group recognizes and upholds the vision and practice of DPFC Black leadership. Our mission is to dismantle white supremacy and white privilege through education, accountability, relationships, and reparations within the context of the co-op.

In September we started a study of culture of white supremacy and its antidotes by Tema Okun. Using this list is one way to help us see how we uphold the structure of racism and how we can apply the "antidote" in our own lives. We will continue this examination in January.

Please email info@detroitpeoplesfoodcoop.com for information about this group. 
 
Follow DPFC on social media to see what we're doing in the community!