Date: Wednesday November 18, 2020
Dear Members and Supporters of the Berry Road Food Co-op
We hope that everyone is coping well with this COVID-19 pandemic, especially with the second wave that is upon us. As everyone can appreciate this pandemic has caused unforeseen delays in the progress of the Co-op.
As many of you may know, several on the Board have been working on the Co-op project for close to five years. We have been met with numerous financial challenges along the way, which is not unusual for not-for-profit start-ups, but with determination and perseverance, we eventually resolved them. Since March 2020, the current pandemic, and new financial challenges have unfortunately delayed the opening of the Co-op again.
All summer and into this fall, we have been continuing to work to overcome these obstacles, and recent events have been encouraging, as the Board is close to securing a final construction loan so we can compete construction of the Co-op. Depending on the pandemic, especially now with Toronto classified as a “Red Zone”, we hope to be able to open the store in the spring of 2021. We will continue our hard efforts and countless hours of work to achieve the goal that we have been working on for these five years, that being the opening of the Berry Road Food Co-op.
We thank everyone, including our staff and volunteers, for their continued support and look forward to the opening of the Co-op in the near future.
-Board of Directors, Berry Road Food Co-op
Better Food. Stronger Community.
Unlike many big name grocers, we’re owned by the people who shop in our store. That’s right, we are a not-for-profit grocery store that is owned and run by members.
If you have shopped at Mountain Equipment Co-op, then you’ve experienced a co-op, except with canoes and snowshoes rather than fresh and delicious food.
At our co-op, we’re focusing on securing top quality food produced by farmers, bakers, cheesemakers and other growers and specialists across Ontario for our local community. In addition, we will stock a wide variety of products normally found in other grocery stores.
The store will also sell fresh and convenient “take away” meals and, to top it all off, we will also have a cafe!
You learn more about food co-ops by watching this video from our friends at Co+op: Stronger Together.
Own the Store for $10
You don’t have to be a member to shop at our store… but if you want lifetime access to special deals, amazing workshops, and “a say” in the products we carry and how we run things, we think $10 is worth it.
WHEN ARE WE OPENING?
We’re busy securing amazing locally grown food and fantastic products for our members, kitting out the store interior and spreading the word in our community. We are gearing up for a Spring 2020 opening.
WE NEED VOLUNTEERS
Would you like to contribute to your community, gain work experience, or top up your student volunteer hours? We have many great volunteer positions available from now to beyond opening. Learn More.
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