Annual General Meeting Sept 23rd, 2017

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It’s that time again for the members of the Yelm Food Cooperative to get together at the Annual General Meeting and review how our store has been doing and where it’s going in the future.

You’ll get updates on the store’s finances, membership and future plans like food service expansion.

You’ll have a chance to talk to your General Manager and your Board of Directors one-on-one and get questions you may have answered straight from the horses’ mouth 🙂

Also, if you are a paid up member*, you’ll be eligible to vote for the Directors who are standing for election:

Debbie Lusk – the Board Treasurer

Judy Scott – the newest member of the Board appointed this year

Afterwards, as always, you’ll get to sample a great selection of goodies from the Co-op put together by Florence Vincent and her team.

This is a chance to make your voice heard – it’s your Co-op!

              Saturday, September 23rd
              2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
              Yelm Community Center, 2nd St & Mosman Ave (at the Yelm City Park)

We look forward to seeing you there.

The Directors of the Yelm Food Cooperative

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Yelm Farmers Market Manager Job Opening

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A truly exciting , powerful job is opening in Yelm, WA!

Unfortunately, we are losing our present Manager of the Yelm Farmers Market who has done a wonderful job building the market even further.

However, personal reasons take Suzanne away and we are looking for a replacement for the 2017 season.

The Yelm Farmers Market is entering its 6th season and each year has simply gotten better. We are a unique farmers market because we are located on a farm! And a certified organic farm at that.

Exciting things are in store for the person who qualifies to take this on in 2017. One of those things is the continuation of the Power of Produce program which is designed to get kids aged 5-12 introduced to the wonders of growing your own food. This award winning program has attracted over 1000 local children in the last 2 years and it is growing.

Some grant funds have already been approved so the new manager will have some money in the bank to start.

If you think you are the right person for this very challenging and very exciting position, the Application form, Job description and scope of work are at the following links:


2017 YFM Manager Job Description

2017 YFM Mgr Scope of Work

If you’re interested, please read all the documents and then submit the application to

The Board of Directors

Yelm Cooperative / Bounty for Families

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Change is in the Air at the Yelm Food Co-op!

Change is in the Air at the Yelm Food Co-op!

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Some changes are coming down the pike and we wanted to let you know what’s going on and how it affects you as a Co-op member and supporter.

What’s Happening:

Earlier this year we got a notification from the IRS that we need to separate the Yelm Food Co-op from the Yelm Cooperative, which serves as the umbrella organization for both the store and the Farmers Market (yes, we know the names are very similar). While the larger organization is a federally recognized non-profit, the store clearly does not fall under that category.

What this means for you:

The separation of the non-profit and the store means that the store will once again become a true food cooperative, with paying members as owners. This structure will be familiar to anyone who was around when the store was founded. Once members have paid $100, they will become owners.

How it works:

Original members of the old YFC who paid a one-time membership fee will be grandfathered in to the new co-op as lifetime members with no additional fees.

All other members can pay $100 or pay $25 a year over four years. At that point, they will become owners and lifetime members. Your current membership will be honored until the renewal date.

Membership funds will be used to keep the Co-op growing in order to continue improving our service to you and the Yelm community.

Leadership Structure:

Early in 2017 the new YFC will also select its new Board of Directors.  Current board members may choose to become part of the new Co-op board or remain as part of the non-profit board. The new board will be the ones who will support the General Manager to guide the store into the future.

How You Can Help:

The “new” Co-op will need people to make it as great as we know it can be. Besides Working Members and paid staff, there will be other opportunities to contribute to the growth of the store. They’ll need committee members for membership, fundraising, outreach, marketing, finance and others, and there will be opportunities to join the Board of Directors as well. To get involved, contact the YFC at

This is your store and you have a voice. Make it heard and make a difference. Make the Yelm Food Co-op the store you want it to be!

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Gift of Gobble 2016 Nominations and Donations Now Being Accepted

Gift of Gobble 2016 Nominations and Donations Now Being Accepted

linda and carolIt’s that time again! For the seventh straight year, the Yelm Co-op’s Gift of Gobble program will offer entire Thanksgiving meals with all of the trimmings to families in need this holiday.

To nominate a family for a meal, stop by the Yelm Food Cooperative and fill out a nomination form. Be sure to include contact information for the family so that we can reach them in time. Nominations will be closed as of Wednesday, November 16th.

Want to help? Here are two options:

  1. Donate. Just $60.00 will feed a family of six. Drop by the store and contribute today!
  2. Volunteer to raise funds. Our goal is to raise $6,500 by closing time on Friday, November 18th. Help us achieve that goal by joining our business outreach team. Contact Heidi Smith at to learn more.

Thank you for making the holiday season bright for our community!

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