After a few months of inactivity, the Butte Food Co-op will be holding three virtual roundtable discussions for community members to get involved in. The discussions will focus on location of the Co-op and about the Co-Op's progress and next steps.
Julie Jaksha said that a co-op is different from traditional groceries stores like Walmart and Safeway.
"You pay a fee to join the Butte Co-Op . . .you’re a lifetime member in that co-op and that allows you to shop with us at the Co-op but it’s a very democratic process because you get to vote with your membership,” Jaksha said. “So you get to vote on the product, you get to vote on the way the store is operated, you get to vote on a lot of different things that you wouldn’t have the opportunity to vote on in a regular public owned business.”
For those that don’t want to be members, you can still shop at the Co-Op, but will have no say in how things a run.
“They’re just not able to vote on the board of directors, they’re not able to vote on how the store is ran, they’re not able to vote on any product related things that would come up you know a co-op member would bring up.” Jaksha said.
The discussions will be held December 3 at 12 a.m., December 7 at 7 p.m., and December 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Community members interested in being a part of the discussion can sign up here: www.buttefoodcoop.wordpress.com