The staff and volunteers wait for Monday when the turkeys arrive to be added to the waiting organic veggies, and organic fixings. 150 families will collect their Gift of Gobble Thanksgiving dinners along with some families who request vegan meals. We usually donate 100 meals, but this year we are donating 150 meals. Donations to help us collect the $60 needed to supply each family with their Thanksgiving meal is much appreciated.Read More
As most of you are aware, as of July 7th, all retail businesses in the State of Washington are required to abide by the new Governor’s mandate on masks and other PPE (Personal Protection Equipment).
For your Co-op this means 2 things:
- All staff are required to wear masks during the time they work in the store and are to encourage social distancing by staff and shoppers
- We are required to ask all customers to wear a mask while shopping. The mandate goes so far as to require our staff to refuse to service a customer not wearing a mask.
If you come into the store without a mask, a staff member will approach you and ask you to please put on a mask. If you don’t have one with you, one will be made available.
Declining to Wear a Mask
If you still decline to wear a mask or face covering, a YFC representative or employee may politely inquire as to whether you have a medical condition or disability that prevents you from wearing a mask. If you answer in the affirmative, then you are exempt from the requirement.
Under the Governor’s mandate, if a business is not adequately enforcing the face mask order or other Safe Start requirements, violations can be enforced by Labor &Industries as a safety and health violation by the employer. That could carry a penalty of nearly $10,000 or more for your Co-op. Our members would certainly not approve of such a penalty. In addition, our Board of Directors could be held personally liable if they allow us to violate a state mandate.
Medical Exemption to Wearing a Mask
PLEASE NOTE: Some staff and Working Members and shoppers may be medically exempt from wearing a face mask. So please, if you do not feel safe in an environment due to others not wearing a mask for medical purposes, and you choose to enter, you do so at your own risk.
We appeal to all our shoppers and members to understand that this is not a Co-op policy, but one we must abide by. We hope that you can accept that. If you are not comfortable wearing a mask for any length of time, then please come in, shop and leave quickly. That way you support your Co-op, get the products you want and don’t endanger your personal health.
Thanks you for your understanding and cooperation. We all want our co-op to survive this present situation and be there for our members and other shoppers long into the future!
The Board and Staff of
the Yelm Food Cooperative
New larger sizes can give better value.Read More
How about a little Mother’s Day treat for yourself, no matter if you’re a Mom! Sweetly Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake and Tiramisu. Marie Morin Creme Brûlée, PetitPots Dark Chocolate French Pudding and NEW Lemon Curd French Pudding. And on the front row; local Olympia Blissful Wunders Truffles, Milk, Almond and Dark Chocolate.Read More
We’ve spent years looking for a clean Tartar Sauce. Finally Primal Kitchen has created one. They are one of the cleanest companies around. We felt pulled to give their Cocktail Sauce a try too. Goes beautifully with Avocados and dipping Artichokes, and feedback is that the Tartar Sauce is delicious.Read More
A big shout out to Johann Pool for getting our computer system up-to-date and running smoothly! Thanks to his know how our entire system is now updated to Windows 10 and the bookkeeping system is installed. Round 2 will be installation of the new POS software.
Thanks also to Michael of @Working Computers, Yelm, for building some of the new PCs now in the system.
That of course is done in the unseen, but there is something in the seen as well – check out the new big monitors at the checkout register.
They are easier for our cashiers to operate; they are adjustable in height and make it easier for customers to see their total sale amount.
The Win 10 part was especially important since Win 7 is no longer supported by Microsoft so any holes in the system would not be patched up. Those holes are the kinds of things malicious hackers like to exploit. So we are safe again!
We hope to continue to serve you as well as we can during these trying times! We appreciate your support and hope you will continue to let us help you with your grocery and wine purchasing decisions!Read More