Your Co-op’s Response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic
Wheatsfield Cooperative remains ready to adapt to changes happening during these unprecedented times. Thank you for supporting Wheatsfield Cooperative and your Community! We are monitoring the development of the pandemic closely and will consider all recommended precautions to protect the health and safety of customers and staff. We will closely monitor guidance from the CDC and local health officials in our area. We will rely on their recommendations and expertise to inform our decisions.
In addition, staff are working to ensure quick responses to changing product needs and availability.
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What We Are Doing at Wheatsfield Co-op
We already have many procedures in place to help maintain food and product safety. To complement those procedures, we are implementing more frequent sanitization of carts, baskets, tongs, handles, cash register stands and more. As the situation evolves, we remain vigilant and ready to implement further actions.
Update | Oct 1 | Store Updates
- Bulk bag and Container use resumes: Effective Oct. 1, 2020.
- Clean reusable bulk bags and containers are welcome for use once again in the co-op. This change is one important way the co-op and community members can join together to sustain a healthy community with positive environmental impacts during these challenging times.
- Please note that this change does not include reusable mugs and beverage containers.
- As experts learn more about COVID-19, CDC guidance indicates objects and surfaces are not a primary way for coronavirus spread. However, reusable beverage containers continue to present a concern about transmission due to their direct contact with a person’s mouth.
- Can and Bottle Redemption Resumes: Effective Oct. 1, 2020
- Self-Serve Coffee Station Resumes
- Self-serve coffee is back and in its original location on the end of the Beverage bar. As stated above, use of personal reusable beverage containers is not permitted at this time. Compostable co-op branded coffee cups and lids will be provided.
- Please sanitize hands before interacting with the coffee station.
Update | Sept 4 | Community Update
- City of Ames Face Covering Mandate: Effective Sept. 4, 2020.
Update | June 22 | Store Updates
- Mask Required: Effective June 22, 2020.
- In order to keep our team members and community safe, face coverings are required in the co-op. All shoppers and employees must cover their mouth and nose with a mask, face covering, scarf, bandana, or face shield. Thank you to everyone for abiding by this policy. To assist you with this, we have a supply of single use masks available at customer service. If wearing a face covering or mask is not an option for you, please consider our curbside pick-up program.
Update | June 13 | Store Updates
- Case Preorders Resume: Effective June 13, 2020.
- Your Co-op has resumed taking case preorders, with a few changes, our first pickup will be on June 26. Ordering via the website form and email is preferred. Please visit https://www.wheatsfield.coop/preorders/ to place preorders.
Update | June 1 | Hours Update | Store Updates
- Extending Hours: 8am – 9pm Daily | Reserved Shopping: 8am-9am | Effective June 1, 2020.
- Deli Seating Area Update: At this time we do not have plans or a timeline to reopen our deli seating area. We are using the seating area to stage curbside orders and we also do not feel comfortable encouraging people to hang out in the co-op right now. Our focus is to allow our customers to come in and do their grocery shopping carefully and efficiently so we can keep staff and customers safe and healthy. We know the co-op is a community gathering space and we miss seeing all of you more, but we need people to limit their shopping trips and time in the store for now. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
- Please wear a face covering while shopping at the co-op. Complimentary masks are available at the Customer Service Desk.
Update | May 7 | Meat Purchases | Store Updates
- Meat Purchasing Limits: 2 packs each of beef, chicken, or pork per purchase. effective May 7, 2020 | Please read our article for more info.
- Directional Arrows are in select aisles around the store to allow customers and team members to better distance themselves.
- Aisles Closed for Stocking: You may notice aisles closed during delivery days to allow for safer and efficient stocking of products. Please ask a team member for assistance in receiving products.
Updated Hours | Reserved Shopping | Curbside Pickup
- Updated store hours: 8am-7pm, effective March 19, 2020
- Reserved Shopping Time: 8-9am Reserved for senior shoppers (age 60+) as well as those with compromised immune systems and expectant mothers. This gives those higher risk shoppers an opportunity to shop when the store is less crowded as well as to shop first after our closing and morning sanitation procedures. Please respect this request to the extent possible to allow shoppers who are a higher risk of contracting severe illness the ability to shop safely.
- Curbside Pickup: 9am-3pm, MONDAY – SATURDAY, Place orders by 1 pm for same day pickup! effective March 19
- To support our shoppers and keep our employees safe, the Co-op is now taking orders via our website form, email, and over the phone. You can come to the Co-op, park in the EAST parking spaces by the deck, and we will bring your groceries out to your car. You do not need to be a member-owner to participate. Orders placed after 1pm are not guaranteed to be ready same day.
Around the Store
- Increased precautions in Bulk department including hand sanitizers and limiting aisle to 3 customers at a time.
- Signs have been placed at store entrances indicating mask requirement for shopping in store.
- Temporarily discontinuing redemption of all bottles and cans. We will continue to take Sheeder glass milk bottles back for now and revisit this decision as the week progresses.
- Customers will no longer be able to use their bulk containers from home. We ask that they use the options available in the store.
- If a customer brings in their own bags to take purchases home in, they are asked to bag their own groceries at checkout.
- Self-service coffee has been moved behind the counter and will be served by Deli staff.
- All reusable coffee cups, dinner plates and metal silverware have been removed from the sales floor. Compostable plastic ware will remain available at the Deli front by request.
- Stanchions are in place at the Deli counter to create space between customers placing orders and Deli staff.
- Installed additional automated hand sanitizers throughout the Co-op.
- Stopping any passive sampling of products in the store to help prevent the spreading of germs.
- Temporarily Discontinuing our Co-op Explorers Kids Free Fruit Program.
- Discontinuing Self-service Salad, Soup, and Hot Bar (pre-packaged options are being made available).
- Discontinuing the use of refillable personal cups and mugs at the Deli Front Beverage Bar.
- Individually wrapping all baked goods in the Bakery Department.
- Discontinuing wellness, health & beauty product testers on shelves.
- Posting reminders about proper hand washing in all restrooms and at hand sinks for staff and customers.
Product Supplies & Case Orders
- We are no longer accepting special orders, holding items for customers, or accepting returns due to ongoing supply issues and out of stocks.
- Monitoring availability of products and staple items from our vendors. At the moment, we are experiencing distributor out of stock issues on all hand sanitizers and Seventh Generation Disinfecting wipes and spray cleaner.
- We will do our best to maintain our stock of all items, but there could be things we run out of in between orders and deliveries or if they become unavailable for us to order.
- Watching for updates from National Co-op Grocers, our suppliers, the CDC, Paylocity and other entities. There is a lot that is not known at this point so this information will probably change and get updated as we move forward.
Classes & Events
- Canceling or postponing events: $5 Dinners, Earth Week Celebrations
- Canceling all upcoming classes and will reschedule for later dates. Other events and may be affected so please watch our e-news, website, and social media for notices.
- Preparing for future actions as they are necessary. We will make those decisions if or when the situation worsens locally.
If you would like to contact the Co-op at any time, please email [email protected] or call 515-232-4094