Letters to the editor


Store Credits and Receipts

On August 25, I received a $10 store credit at the office and forgot to give it to the cashier when I checked out. I wrapped the little credit receipt paper around my Coop card, so I wouldn’t forget the next time I shopped. When I returned, on September 28th, I was informed that 30 days had passed […]

Hashtag vs. Lasting Change

In July 2020, a statement adorning our homepage was approved that “The Park Slope Food Coop unequivocally supports Black lives and the dismantling of all systems that propagate and empower systemic racism.”  The same month, I attended a virtual seminar open to all members entitled “White Now? Being White at the Coop and Beyond.” When asked what BIPOC […]

Covid-19 Attacked and Undermined the Coop

We can’t fit working and shopping members and maintain safe social distancing. The results are financial and social. We are losing money and members. Coop finances depend on required member labor—whose value in dollars is never counted in the budgets—to sell elite health-food store products for commercial supermarket prices. We’re built on equity and solidarity of member/owner/worker/shopper; […]

inedible oranges

To the Linewaiters’ Gazette: This letter is not about politics, veganism vs. animal consumption, genetic modification vs. anti GMO, Palestine, etc. It is actually about a particular food we sell! I have often bought organic Valencia oranges at the Coop. They were always juicy, very flavorful, the right balance of acidic and sweet, and generally […]

Temp workers were members

Let’s just start here: All Temp workers were members. Not everyone knew this information. A lot of Coop members would come in to shop during the height of the pandemic and complain about “us.” As if we were outsiders, who somehow infiltrated the Coop, and changed it into something else, something different. In actuality, we […]

TIME for a vaccine mandate at the coop

Dear Linewaiters’ Gazette Editors, It is time for the Coop to implement a vaccine mandate for its members. I understand that not everyone is able to get a vaccine, including those with autoimmune disorders, those receiving chemotherapy, etc. However, the vast majority of people, including the vast majority of Coop members, do not fall into […]

Proposal to Reinstate Member Labor Will Not Go to a Vote

DEAR COOP COMMUNITY,  At the August GM I tried to present a proposal to restore voluntary member labor for discussion. The response to my presentation was so overwhelmingly negative that I have decided not to request a vote. But I do want to address a few points as they bear on the state of our […]

An Invitation

HELLO EVERYONE,  I am part of Rockycorner.org, a cohousing community in Connecticut, and a long-time PSFC member. Quite a few of us at Rocky Corner are also members of the PSFC, and we would like to invite the Coop community and their families to events that we are planning on our property and the surrounding […]

Both Member + Shopper, Not Either/Or

PSFC’s mission reads: “The Park Slope Food Coop is a member-owned and operated food store …” At the 7/28 GM, members were asked to be our Better Selves in considering and approving the Black Lives Matter statement. Then, the Coordinators asked us to consider a markup increase to help PSFC’s economic recovery. This proposal felt […]

Voting at the Zoom Meeting

Thank you to the people who organized the Zoom General Meeting held on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. It is good to keep an open forum so that Members can be informed about operations at the Coop. This is a useful tool to provide updates via committee reports, on financial matters and general information regarding the […]

Member Labor

Dear Members,   At the August General Meeting I hope to propose to restore a modified, voluntary and temporary member labor system. I had hoped that the General Coordinators would do this, but since they have not, I hope that we, the members and owners of the Park Slope Food Coop can convince them with our […]

Faster Coop Votes

I’m gonna keep shopping at the Coop because the groceries are great but our collective core is taking a bad hit if the June GM is any indication. The agenda item to make a public statement of support for the movement for Black Lives should have been voted on, and not stalled via process designating it a discussion-only topic. This is not a new problem.

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PLAn to Save the Coop

Coordinators and some members have now suggested that member labor could indeed safely resume, something which would benefit the bottom line of the Coop. This is significant because the Coop is still losing money every week the pandemic, which shows no sign of abating, continues.

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Like so many, I appreciate the Coop’s staff who, like many workers across the city, keep coming to work. Unfortunately, the members are not working now, but this does not mean we are any less a member labor coop. I think we should return to the model of member labor (adjusted as needed for safety) that has served us so well for 47 years. Two pages I heard when I shopped this week led me to think that some of the staff at the Coop have forgotten about that model now that it has been only staff running the Coop for almost three months. 

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  Thanks, you guys—board, staff, temporary staff, General Coordinators—tonight  was a great meeting that provided us all with the deep reassurance that we are in excellent hands moving forward—whatever happens. How wonderful to get to feel that about something these days.   Take care, continue being safe, and stay well.  Blessings, Heidi Oleszczuk A Very Proud Coop Member 


Had the Coop in its 47 or so years of operation thought to meet the needs of its senior and disabled members and had a shopping delivery program in place, instead of first floating a plan in late 2019, the Coop would be meeting the needs of those senior and disabled persons. Continue Reading →


I have a question that I haven’t seen addressed in any Coop communications, that I was hoping you could cover in an upcoming edition. Has the Coop considered online/email ordering with curbside pickup and payment? Continue Reading →


Just got home from shopping the 3rd time since the COVID crisis took our Coop and changed it—hopefully not irrevocably. I wanted to express my deep thanks to the entire staff of the Coop. Today my heart really went out to you and what all of you are doing so that we members can continue some aspect of […]


Has the Coop considered taking shopping orders to be able to expedite more transactions? It could work essentially like the other e-commerce based companies doing this. Perhaps, with some exceptions: No produce (where people tend to be most picky about their food choices). All other products okay. Must give the Coop three days (or more) […]


GREETINGS, Thank you so much for the thoughtfulness that went into planning a time for seniors to shop. I hope that many were able to get the message about Thursday 4/9/20, I didn’t see it until the same day.  After spending three hours on line and one-and-one-half hours inside I had no intentions of coming back this Thursday.  […]


TO THE COOP, Nancy and I fled Park Slope to Vermont since I am less than a year from 80 years old. Our sons insisted that we leave. And we are so fortunate to have support in Brooklyn, our tenant who has kept track of our mail-texting us photos of what is important and sending […]


Can we have a loosening of designated non-member shoppers for senior citizens? We are more afraid of contact, some of us have disabilities that allow us to shop normally but we cannot stand on lines for a long time, we are very vulnerable, many have underlying conditions.  Please get this info to the powers that […]


TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: I have many elderly friends, and am myself over 65 years old. During this crisis would it be too complicated to either allow us to shop by going ahead of the long line to get in, or possibly by setting special hours when we could come and thereby avoid the […]


We should  not  be lining people up on the sidewalk, even if they are 6 feet apart. It is a public health hazard and unfair for members who cannot stand for extended periods of time.  Two recommendations:  1) Have members call in (or go online) and select a shopping time. Each household can shop at […]


DEAR COOP TEAM,  I’m writing to extend my immense  gratitude for all you have been doing to keep the Coop open, the shelves stocked, and the environment  safe, efficient, welcoming  and positive. The Coop has been a haven for us during these uncertain days, and I know you have been making significant individual sacrifices and investments. […]