Coop’s Meat Supply Chain Stable Despite Rollercoaster

Maggie Lempert, the Coop's Meat Buyer and Receiving Coordinator has built her career around small livestock farming. Photo by John Midgley

 

By Hayley Gorenberg 

Despite a huge spike in sales in the early days of the pandemic followed by a steep plunge, the Coop’s meat supply has been relatively stable amidst Covid-19, showcasing the resiliency of smaller, more responsible producers and processors. 

     The stability contrasts sharply with the major disruptions in the more industrial national meat supply chain as several consolidated factory meat processors shut down amid Covid-19 outbreaks among workers. 

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Sheltering and Schooling in Place – Coop Families Reflect on Remote Learning

Imani Larrier is teaching 4th grade remotely while her college-age son studies from home. Photo by Rachel Blatt

 

By Rachel Blatt 

This time last year, Imani Larrier, a longtime Coop member and New York City teacher, was preparing to be an empty nester. “I was getting ready to send my youngest child off to college. I went through that whole emotional roller coaster.” Fast forward to this spring and Imani’s son was back home, attending his college classes remotely while she taught 4th graders from her kitchen.  

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First Virtual General Meeting Focuses on Struggling Coop Finances

Illustration by Tommy Kane

By Leila Darabi 

The Coop made history on the evening of May 26, convening the first virtual General Meeting of its membership. No voting took place during the meeting, which focused heavily on the financial blow the Coop has weathered over the past two months due to citywide Covid-19 safety restrictions. More than 750 participants joined the meeting, including the staff and board slated to speak.  

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THANK YOU NOTE

  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 

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