October is Co-op Month

2 Co-op_Month_LogoEvery October, millions of cooperative and credit union members across the United States join the National Cooperative Business Association in celebrating Co-op Month.  This year’s theme, Building a Better World with Businesses You Trust, is a reminder of the many ways that co-operatives enable people to work together to build enterprises that are rooted in the communities they serve.

The Monadnock Food Co-op will celebrate Co-op Month and its connection to the cooperative movement at its Annual Meeting and Celebration on Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Heberton Hall (next to the Keene Public Library) in Keene, NH.  A Farm to Plate meal will be catered by the Co-op’s Deli and Amanda Littleton from the Cheshire County Conservation District is the Featured Speaker. The Co-op will also announce the winner of its Co-operator of the Year Award, an award that will go to a Monadnock Food Co-op Member-Owner, staff member or community partner who exemplifies the co-op values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, solidarity, honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.  This event is free, but registration is requested.

On Saturday, October 31, 2015 the Monadnock Food Co-op will donate 1% of the day’s sales to the Howard Bower Fund.  This fund offers grants to food cooperatives for the training and education of food co-op staff, managers, and board members.

Since 1930, co-­ops across the United States have convened every October to celebrate the cooperative movement’s history and economic impact on communities nationwide. This annual event continues to provide a key opportunity to reflect on the legacy of cooperative impact and the growth of the movement.  Monadnock Food Co-op is proud of its cooperative structure and connection to the more than 30,000 cooperatives across the United States.