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Eden Organics

Wheatsville Food Co-op has been receiving comments in the store and via social media regarding Eden Foods CEO's position on the Supreme Court's "Hobby Lobby" decision on June 30th, 2014. Eden Foods has expressed support for the Hobby Lobby ruling, and filed a similar complaint of its own against the U.S. government.

In response, some customers have inquired if the co-op would consider pulling Eden Foods products from our shelves. As a cooperative grocery, Wheatsville doesn't pull product in response to any political issues.  Our co-op serves a very diverse customer base and there are individuals on both sides of any issue. Instead, decisions on whether or not to pull products are made through the petition process, outlined in our bylaws, as a way for owners to address these issues in an open and democratic manner. Below is the section in our cooperative bylaws that pertains to this process:

3.3.3 Petitions Any matter that the owners wish to put before the ownership via a Co-op Vote may be placed on the ballot by a petition signed by at least 500 or five percent (5%) of the total number of owners in good standing, whichever is fewer. Proposals initiated by such a petition shall be included in the next regularly scheduled Co-op Vote, except that if a petition is signed by at least 1,000 or ten percent (10%) of the total number of owners in good standing, whichever is fewer, then the Co-op Vote shall be scheduled to commence no sooner than thirty days and no later than 60 days from the date the petition is submitted.

In order to have this, or any other matter considered on the next ballot, Wheatsville members would need to submit a petition to the Board of Directors by August 1st, 2014 with the next election cycle beginning September 1st, 2014.

As always, we encourage our customers and members to vote, on this and other issues, with their dollars by supporting those companies they like and believe in.  When (for any reason) products don’t sell, the co-op stops carrying them.

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Help for the Homeless

Have you ever been approached by someone at a stoplight or on the sidewalk who needs money? What do you do? What do you say? How can you make a difference? The problem of homelessness is sadly, not a new one, but for the past 30 years it’s been increasing due to a growing shortage of affordable rental housing and a simultaneous increase in poverty.

Tomas Heikkala, longtime co-op owner, had an idea to create a survival bag for homeless folks. He wanted to offer good food, fresh fruit, water and a list of resources from Austin’s House the Homeless organization that could be given in lieu of cash. The bags were running him about $5 each retail and he wanted to help more people than his personal budget would allow. He came to Wheatsville for help and we were able to donate some of the essentials to get him started and a system to keep the program sustainable. Thank you for supporting our co-op so that we can make donations like this possible!

Tomas will be tabling at S.Lamar and Guadalupe about once per week, selling these bags for $5 each. When you see him, thank him for making a difference and buy a bag to keep in your car. The next time a person asks for money, hand them a bag of food and wish them a good day.

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Urban Roots Mobile Truck Launch Party!

KID-FRIENDLY: Urban Roots Farm Truck Launch Party
Tuesday, June 17th, 11am - 1pm 4001 South Lamar OUTSIDE

On Tuesday, June 17, in honor of National Eat Your Vegetables Day, Urban Roots will unveil its all-new Farm Mobile at Wheatsville, 4001 S.Lamar!  The mobile is two years in the making and will assist Urban Roots with its educational outreach efforts and visibility in the community. It will help transport more than 35,000 pounds of produce to and from farmer’s markets in its important hunger relief efforts.

Chipotle Mexican Grill and Wheatsville Co-Op, both sponsors of the truck, will be passing out free gift bags to the first 100 people present at the event. An official ribbon cutting ceremony will take place promptly at 11 a.m., and arts and craft activities will be available for children! ! Giveaways, games, demos and more! Join us!

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