2013
03.04

From :Oklahoma Food Coop:

Press Release – for immediate use, March 4, 2013

For more information, contact Bud Scott, press liaison, at 405-445-9435, bud@okfarmandfood. Bob Waldrop may be contacted at 405-200-8155.

Summary:

Oklahoma Food Cooperative holds its tenth Annual Meeting, elects Bob Waldrop as President, and Patrice Whittle and Angela Kahle-Mendoza as members of the Board of Directors. The Oklahoma Food Cooperative was the first Coop in the US to only sell local grown or made food and non-food items.

The Oklahoma Food Cooperative held its tenth annual meeting on March 2, 2013, at the historic ballroom of the Old Farmers Market building. Attended by members from across the state, the event began with a “Meet Greet and Eat” featuring coop producers offering samples and educational exhibits about their products and farms.

The Oklahoma Food Cooperative is the largest local food coop in the US. The 4,500+ members can choose each month from more than 4,000 grown or made in Oklahoma food and non-food items. The Cooperative operates an online order system linked with a mostly volunteer delivery system that has 48 pickup sites around the state.

The primary business of the Meeting was to elect a new president and members of the Board of Directors. Bob Waldrop, one of the founders of the organization and its first president, was elected as president. Patrice Whittle, who operates Double R Farms in Asher, and sells beef, pork, poultry, and eggs through the Coop, was elected to a three year board position. Angela Kahle-Mendoza grows fruit and vegetables and raises chickens for eggs on a farm near Newkirk.

About the Cooperative, Waldrop says, “The Oklahoma Food Cooperative offers its members the opportunity to buy safe, healthy, and nutritious food directly from Oklahoma farmers and producers. We are a grassroots economic development program re-weaving the links that once united rural and urban Oklahomans.”

The Oklahoma Food Cooperative will participate in the Farmers’ Market District Spring Fest, set for April 21st, from 11 AM to 7 PM.

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