2020AnnualReport - Page 3

Year in Review
Working together during the pandemic
We sincerely appreciate how co-op owners have altered your shopping patterns to maximize safety during the
• Thanks for limiting your shopping trips and shopping alone, which has allowed for social
distancing in the stores.
• Thanks to the 5,000 co-op households who took the Shop Once a Week Pledge,
which has kept our occupancy below 20% capacity.
• Thanks for shopping online, which is now 20% of our business.
• Thanks for wearing face coverings, which has given us 100% compliance, more than any other store.
• And thanks for putting up with the loss of dining, food bars and events, which has been a major hardship.
Unfortunately, the number of Covid-19 cases is rising again. The combination of increasing mobility and the start
of cold and flu season signal a hard winter. One tracker estimates that the number of cases this winter will be
triple the current rate. So we plan to keep all safety measures in place for the foreseeable future.
We realize that you miss dining and gathering, and we are working on alternatives. Please take the owner survey
to provide feedback on several possible meal solutions. And please attend the November 11 owner meeting to
provide input on alternative ways to gather.
Racial Equity
Co-ops can and should be in the forefront of racial equity, which is inherent in our co-op principles. Over the
last few months, our worker owners have led an effort
to position our co-op as a partner in fighting racism,
and to chart a future for Weaver Street that
embodies equity and inclusivity to the fullest
extent possible. We see this effort as on-going, but here are a few things that we have
dollars to build a more inclusive food system. Look for the
Game Changer signs to identify products from Black and
other under-represented producers. Going forward, Game
Changer sales will be a key measure of transforming the
food system, like local and co-op produced sales.
We identified a need for fresh eyes to make our
Co-op into a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive
place. We hired a consultant for the next two years
to provide intensive training and coaching related
to diversity, equity and inclusion for our managers
and Champions, a group of emerging leaders.
The Equity Alliance, a group of Black
m e c a n ge
workers owners, has taken a leading role in
implementing needed changes. They started the
Game Changers label, identified needed improvements
A top priority is to increase the diversity of community
partners. The proceeds of the June Round up was directin internal systems, helped on-board our DEI consuled towards Black Farmers Market, Emancipate NC, and
tant, and engaged co-workers in changing our workplace culture.
NC Black Alliance. And this year’s Cooperative Community
Fund grant is going to First Fruits Farm, a charitable farm
Game Changers is an opportunity to use your shopping
in Louisburg NC distributing food to hungry neighbors.

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