Seeking Outreach Coordinator

Former Outreach Coordinator, SaraBeth Drybread, has transitioned onto the Co-op board and is pursuing further professional opportunities in the field of retail business public relations. She was hired by Bloomington based Upland Brewery and is also working on her MBA. 

There is no doubt that she benefited the Co-op greatly in so many ways, and there is also no doubt that her experience as Outreach Coordinator benefited her professional growth.

The Co-op is looking to forge another such mutual relationship.

Are you interested?

The following is the Outreach Coordinator job description: 

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Meet your new board president!

jb.pngIt is an exciting time for your Columbus Food Co-op as we prepare for the Fall and continue work on selecting a great location. As member owners we know it is a wise investment in our future and children's future to have a store that reflects our values, heritage, and diversity with resources as close to home as possible.

You the members elected Kevin McCracken, Sarah Grey, and I to the board last November and it has been an honor to sit on the board with them, and all the board members, as they've all taught and shared so much. As with last November, I am still happy to help in whatever way I can to bring a meaningful, cooperatively owned, full service grocery store to our community. 
As a "working" board, our role is to serve the member-owners, the mission, and to get a store open! It's the toughest, and most rewarding, stage to be in. So, in the coming months I hope to hear from the community about exciting things like store design preferences, product mixes, and educational topics to address. We already have gotten a lot of awesome feedback on our renewed mission statement and core values discussion, so I know the passion is out there for this store. The sooner we can bump up membership (and eventually investments too) the better because we will have the store we've imagined. Sounds good, right?
Jon Bachmeyer

Board transition: A note from Kevin McCracken

Untitled_design.pngDuring the fall of 2011, my life began to change, unbeknownst to me. The agent of that change was my involvement with the co-op. I began as a committee volunteer and within a year, I was serving on the board. It would be years before I understood the role that the co-op would play in my life.

For the past three years, I have served as board president of Columbus Food Co-op and my experience has been extremely gratifying. And now, I must prepare for more change. My commitment to the co-op has required me to postpone further graduate study. I now I find myself at the point where I can no longer postpone those studies. 

So, I have resigned as board president in order to create more time to further my education. I remain an elected member of the board and ardent supporter of the co-op and its mission. You will still see me at annual meetings, the farm market, and various other co-op events. But, I find it necessary to step away from myriad behind-the-scenes meetings and commitments.

To facilitate the transition of leadership, I have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with new board president Jon Bachmeyer and with site coordinator, Dan Fleming. I have full confidence in Jon, Dan, and the rest of the board. We are on the cusp of exciting news and I am hopeful that we will realize our vision of a full-service cooperatively-owned grocery in our community. Our co-op is constantly growing and evolving and I view this change as one that is good for our co-op. 

As I look back upon the past five years, I can think of many anecdotes worthy of sharing.         
Here is one:

I was a participant in a co-op workshop in Bloomington last year. The presenter asked each person to share with the group what skill or strength he or she brought to their co-op. Each person (about 40) answered. The responses included, “unbridled enthusiasm,” “financial management skills,” “passion for healthy food,” and many, many others. I found it fascinating to hear the broad array of answers given with sincerity and without hesitation.

The presenter next asked participants to raise a hand if they believed that being involved with their co-op had changed their life. Immediately, every person raised their hand. There was no hesitation and no glancing around to see what others were doing. There was simply a spontaneous group declaration that each of us was immersed in a life-changing experience and that each was better for having done so.

For me, it was a moment of awareness unlike any other. The community connection I felt and the sense of purpose was never stronger.

I began volunteering in my community nearly 20 years ago. I have served on many boards and volunteered at many events. Nothing in my experience compares with the time spent serving our co-op. Our board has a level of commitment and effort that can only be described as an order of magnitude above any other board I have experienced. The friendships that have grown out of my board service and the people I have met have been among the highlights of my life.

So, I encourage each of you to give the co-op your passion, creativity, effort, and knowledge. What you get in return could change your life.

Kevin McCracken 


Before the Store Perks!

You don't have to wait until the store opens to receive benefits of being a Member-Owner! We're partnering with a growing number of local vendors and supporters who want to say thanks for being a Co-op Member and hopefully gain some new customers, too! Everyone benefits!

Stop by the Co-op booth at the downtown Farmer's Market to pick up your Member-Benefits card to show vendors and receive your discount!

Here's a list of benefits currently available:

Soapy Soap Company: $2 off essential oils
Fleming Family Beef: 10% off orders of $50 or less
Indiana Craft Jerky: $2 off bags of jerky (Aug. 6 only)
Nightfall Farm: 10% chicken
4 Paws Only: $2 off 1 lb bag of dog treats 

Supporting local growers & producers make a big difference. Our local sales projections for year 1 of operations is $560,000 and that increases to $1.5 million by year 10! More money going back to local producers can help them expand and gives you the satisfaction of high quality food & products made by your neighbors. 



Board of Directors to appoint new board member

This is a critical time for leadership at Columbus Food Co-op. Your board of directors is working hard on your behalf on several fronts to secure a new location and funding so we can get our store open. To do this, we need a full board of people who have the time and passion to be part of a working board at this time. Your democratically elected board will be accepting applications for board appointees at this time so we can keep moving forward on all fronts to get this store open! All appointed board members will be up for re-election during the co-op's next election cycle in November. 

Our board meets on the first and third Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Commons. Typically, we only meet on the third Wednesday, but through August we decided to add the meeting on the first Wednesday as we have so many issues to address.

In addition to board meetings, we have an array of events at which it is helpful for board members to attend. The list includes:

  • Annual meeting
  • Member update meetings
  • Farm market
  • Service group presentations
  • Volunteer recruiting & training meetings
  • Tabling at various events
  • Annual Street Fair

Click here for Board Roles & Responsibilities
Click here to download Application  

Application deadline is Sunday, July 3. Submit to: as an attachment OR
Columbus Food Co-op, PO Box 1270, Columbus IN 47202 OR
drop off at Downtown Farmer's Market booth from 9-12:30pm on June 17, 25, or July 2

For any questions or more information about board service, feel free to contact Board President Kevin McCracken or Board Treasurer Mike Johnston
Kevin: 812-603-1964,
Mike: 812-350-4628,

Listen to Kevin describe what it takes to be a board member and how serving for the Co-op has impacted him. 



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