Food Co-Ops Support Local Farm Workers
One way that cooperative, community-owned grocery stores — commonly known as food co-ops — are different from commercial grocery stores is their commitment to the 7 Cooperative Principles. They include things like Voluntary, Open Membership; Democratic Member Control; and especially important in today's economy, Concern for the Community. In action, that means food co-ops like the Hillsboro Food Co-op are committed to engaging their owners for a variety of volunteer service projects.
This year, Hillsboro Food Co-op has partnered with Western Farm Workers Association to help provide a holiday meal for WFWA members and their families. Western Farm Workers Association has been supporting farm workers and other low-income workers since 1988. For the past 34 years WFWA members and supporters have built a self-help benefit program that includes emergency food, clothing, preventive medical care, legal advice, utility advocacy and more. WFWA's doors are open 7 days a week, 365 days a year demonstrating a material manifestation of hope including through the pandemic.
To help provide WFWA's members with a Thanksgiving meal, Hillsboro Food Co-op is collecting frozen turkeys, frozen chickens and other food items. Donations can be dropped off in person on Saturday, November 19th from 10 am — 2pm.
For more information and a complete list of ways you can help, visit their website.
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