Kevin Stow
Wheatsfield Board Director
May 5, 2020

I have the distinct pleasure of writing this month’s board news which includes the opportunity to extend heartfelt thanks to you and to our staff on behalf of the Board of Directors.

During these unique times you have continued to show up to support your Co+op. Store operations needed to shift dramatically, and you adapted. Sales remain strong, you have continued to support Change for Community, and our membership continues to grow.

Our heroes are the staff and management team who show up daily to ensure our community has the food it needs in a safe environment. Importantly, they are not just heroes by name or title, but Wheatsfield management was quick to establish “hero pay,” thus allowing staff to receive an hourly bonus for keeping the Co+op operational. Early on the staff closed down the hot bar and the community seating area, transforming the carry out cooler with meals to heat up at home. Then to ensure everyone’s safety, they installed Plexiglas barriers and taped boxes at each checkout, established a carry-out service, and utilized donated masks as role models for the community. The list could go on and on, simply THANK YOU to the whole Wheatsfield team!!

At some point we will return to a new normal. We have witnessed through this time that the Wheatsfield team is strong, adaptable and resilient. They are learning new ways of serving the community. While we look forward to the eventual return of Coffee with the Board, the hot bar and salad bar, reopening the seating area, starting up classes, just to name a few, I am sure we will see many positive changes going forward.

As local businesses reopen, we encourage you to enthusiastically support our community colleagues in the same manner that you have supported Wheatsfield. Please encourage your friends and neighbors to become members of the Co+op, membership is what makes us strong and resilient in difficult times. Lastly, we encourage you to consider joining the board of directors, we will hold an election later this year – watch for details or please reach out to any of us.

Thank you!!

Kevin Stow, Director

In appreciation with:

Stefan Gailans, Board President
Gina McAndrews, Board Vice-President
Ron Eichmeier, Board Treasurer
Liz Kolbe, Board Secretary
Jeff Kushkowski, Director
Matt Liebman, Director
Megan Myers, Director