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. 



February News -- Co-op Update + Board Officers

Mike Johnston, board treasurer, provides an update on the site progress and the board elected new board officers at the January meeting! Click HERE to read the latest Co-op news!


2015 Co-op Board of Directors Candidates

Below are the candidates for the 2015 Co-op Board of Directors Election. Three seats are open. Member-Owners will receive voting instructions via email. Member-Owners can (and are encouraged!) to vote at the Annual Meeting on November 18 at Donner Center at 5:30pm. 

 Click HERE to download the ballot with instructions on how to vote. 

Your Co-op! Your Voice!

Jon Bachmeyer
Jolie Buchanan

Sarah Grey, current board member
David Kadlec, current board secretary
Kevin McCracken, current board president


September 14 Newsletter: Backyard Chickens Class, We're Hiring, Open Houses, & More!

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Subscribe by emailing or come to the Open House this Saturday and sign up! 


Owner Update Meeting

Columbus Food Co-op held a public meeting August 17th at City Hall, featuring guest speaker and food co-op consultant, 11898731_1010766882267165_2806183619426279372_n.jpgJacqueline Hannah. More than 50 people attended and each received an update on the development of the co-op, an explanation of how the Columbus Food Co-op compares to start-up co-ops nationally, and how the co-op will likely impact the community.

The co-op is raising capital through a combination of owner loans, commercial financing, foundation support, corporate funding, and angel investors. In order to fully fund the approximately $2M project, the co-op board is focusing raising the last $400,000 of the owner loan campaign. The co-op launched the next phase of owner-loan efforts and will continue until October 1st.

Jacqueline Hannah, a consultant with the national non-profit Food Cooperative Initiative (FCI) told those in attendance that of the more than 140 start-up food co-ops in the country, Columbus Food Co-op is among those most likely to open and achieve success. She praised the co-op for successfully raising more than half of the owner-loans needed to fully fund the project and expressed optimism that the co-op will successfully fund the entire project.

Hannah, a former general manager at Common Ground food co-op in Urbana, IL has more than 20 years’ experience working in the natural foods industry. She spoke about the impact the co-op will have in the Columbus community, including generating $560,000 in additional sales of products from farmers and producers within a 100-mile radius. By year 10, that amount would rise to $1.3M. Also the co-op would create 25 jobs in the first year and add an additional 35 jobs—all paying a living wage—by year 10.

11921668_1010766932267160_1224583693963083530_n.jpgHannah said, “Columbus Food Co-op will create a new market for local farmers, stimulate the local economy, create living-wage jobs, and teach people how to buy and prepare affordable, healthy food. In addition, it will serve as the foundation of an emerging food culture in this community.”

Columbus Food Co-op is a start-up full service, natural food grocery store. For more information contact Kevin McCracken at 812-603-1964.


Right: Liz Brownlee from Nightfall Farm takes orders for holiday turkeys.
Above: Jacqueline Hannah, Kevin McCracken, and Mike Johnston report to the attendees and answer questions. 


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