The Oshkosh Food Co-op has been approved to accept Federal EBT and SNAP after submitting their application prior to store opening. “We’ve had many customers waiting for this approval, and we are pleased to now be able to offer this important option for our community,” said General Manager Jeffrey Thouron. The application, submitted by the Board of Directors last spring, was reviewed by the U.S Department of Agriculture. Once the store was opened, an inspection needed to take place for final approval to be granted. That inspection took place in early September and the formal approval was granted. "Serving central city neighborhood residents has been a priority since the beginning of this project. The ability to accept SNAP/EBT creates one more way for us to do that. While we have more work to do, this represents an important step in that direction,” remarked Board Chair Brenda Haines.
SNAP/EBT benefits can be used to purchase fresh produce, local products, and grocery items.
(Oshkosh, Wis.) – The Oshkosh Food Co-op, a community-owned grocery store under construction in Oshkosh, plans a week of free, family-friendly activities for member-owners and neighborhood residents to mark its eighth birthday. Two neighborhood rides and a birthday bash are planned.
Neighborhood Ride #1: Saturday, June 5, - 1:00 p.m. | Led by Sean Lynch
Starts/ends at the Brio Building, 155 Jackson Street, Oshkosh
Middle Village, Historic Fourth Ward, Midtown, Menominee North and Menominee South (7 miles)
Neighborhood Ride #2: Thursday, June 10 – 6:00 p.m. | Led by Misty McPhee, Darren Van Dreel
Starts/ends at Brio Building, 155 Jackson Street, Oshkosh
River East, Stevens Park (3 miles)
Neighborhood Birthday Bash: Saturday, June 12 – 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Aurora Health Center – Jackson Street Clinic, 135 Jackson Street, Oshkosh
(Oshkosh, Wis.) – The Oshkosh Food Co-op, a community-owned grocery store slated to open late summer/early fall 2021, will host hiring events May 26 and June 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; also Saturday, June 5 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The hiring events will be held at the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce, 120 Jackson Street, Oshkosh – which is located across the street from the food co-op store being constructed on the first floor of the Brio Building.Read more
(Oshkosh, Wis.) – Food Co-op Initiative (FCI) awarded Oshkosh Food Co-op the coveted national Best of the Best Award at its annual “Up and Coming” Food Co-op Conference. The award was presented as part of the 5-day learning event, held virtually this year due to the pandemic. The award recognizes exceptional use of an existing co-op development best practice by a startup food co-op during the development process. It honors startup food co-ops that use best practices and illuminate the way forward to help peer co-ops reach new levels of success.Read more
(Oshkosh, WI) – In preparation for the opening of the community-owned grocery store later this year, the Oshkosh Food Co-op has introduced a new logo to replace the tractor logo used throughout its start-up phase. The food co-op, the first in Northeast Wisconsin, is entering a new phase as it prepares to open in late summer/early fall 2021.Read more
At its eighth annual meeting, Oshkosh Food Co-op board and management laid out high aspirations for 2021: Growing membership to 1800, engaging neighbors in the USDA-designated food desert that surrounds the co-op’s location at the corner of Jackson Street and Pearl Avenue, building a Food for All program that supports low-income customers, securing a tenant for Co-op’s extra space, available for expansion but not needed for start-up operations and, most importantly, opening the retail grocery store.Read more
(Oshkosh, Wis.) – The Oshkosh Food Co-op, which will occupy the first floor of the new Brio Building at 155 Jackson Street, will soon look like a co-op grocery store. The project, eight years in the making, begins construction this week on a well-crafted architectural plan for a full-line member-owned grocery store.Read more
We are very excited to announce this year's Oshkosh Food Co-op slate of candidates!
Each year, three board positions are open for election. Board members hold positions for three-year terms, and elections are held in the first half of every year.
2021 Board of Directors Candidate Slate
Please click the links below to read the nomination statement that each of the outstanding candidates has prepared as you consider your vote!
You will have the opportunity to vote for up to three candidates.
Who is eligible to vote: Every primary member (each member household gets one vote) that became a member on or before March 8, 2021 is eligible to vote in the Board of Directors election.
How to cast your vote:
- All voting is online this year! An email was sent to each eligible primary member through Election Runner at 12:05 am, March 8, 2021.
- If you did not receive an online ballot and are a member of the co-op, please email us with updated contact information and we will confirm your membership and send you a ballot. Please note, each membership receives one ballot; voting instructions are sent to to the primary member's email address.
- Online elections will close at midnight on March 31, 2021. Additional instructions are included in the email.
When will winners of the Board of Directors election be announced?
The outcome of the election will be announced at our Annual Meeting on April 7. The meeting is online this year and will include the latest updates on our progress towards opening the Oshkosh Food Co-op later this summer! Sign up here to attend the OFC Annual Meeting!
If you have any questions, you can contact us by email at [email protected].
Thanks in advance for using your voice in this very important Co-op process.
Dear Oshkosh Food Co-op Members,
This is the official notice of openings for the Oshkosh Food Co-op Board of Directors!
This is a terrific opportunity to become involved in a meaningful community project with a team of passionate and dedicated individuals. It's all hands on deck as we move toward opening our store in Oshkosh's central city this summer!
All member-owners are eligible to run. Those with skills in merchandising, retail sales, marketing, and cultural inclusion are strongly encouraged to throw their hat in the ring.
Interested candidates are welcome to attend an info session:
Interested candidates are welcome to attend a virtual info session:
- Wednesday January 13th from 7-8 pm
- Saturday, February 6th from 9-10 am
Please send Vice President Molly Smiltneek an email if you're interested in attending or would like to schedule a one-on-one meeting to get your questions answered.
If you are interested in running for the board, please:
- Review the 2021 OFC candidate packet.
- Complete the 2021 OFC self nomination statement and email it to us by February 21.
- Candidates are highly encouraged to attend a board meeting before the annual meeting. Check out the upcoming meeting times here.
Questions can be directed to [email protected]
One year ago:
- We had raised $572,211 of our $1.6 million Capital Campaign goal.
- We were at 1,107 member-owners
- Our lease had a contingency requiring us to successfully complete our capital campaign.
- We heard the market for hiring a General Manager was competitive.
So much has shifted over the past 12 months, but one thing has not: our community's dedication to opening a member-owned grocery store in Oshkosh.
Here are a few of the ways we continued to strengthen local economies, promote health, and build communities and our milestones along the way.
Completing our 1.6 million dollar Capital Campaign. With over 600 member-owners and community leaders participating, we raised $1,615,830 towards our start-up costs, prompting the Board of Directors to vote to move ahead with our lease at the Brio Building.Read more