Welcome to the East Lansing Food Co-op!

Next Board Meeting:  Monday, May 6, 7:00 p.m. at the office of SHC (Student Housing Cooperative) located at 541 E Grand River Ave #4, East Lansing, MI 48823

AGENDA: Link here to Board of Directors meeting information page under the Governance tab and scroll down.

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Wondering what's happening at the co-op? Read here about our New Farm Market Project!

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A Special Owners Meeting was held on December 2, 2017 at the Allen Neighborhood Center. Thanks to all who attended. Below are the outcomes of the two proposals voted on at the meeting:

Proposal #1: Should the co-op dissolve or move forward with another project?

Outcome: The majority of owners present voted to move forward with a new project. The Board of Directors is in the process of setting guidelines, goals, and time limits to ensure that the project proceeds in a productive and timely way. If it does not, the co-op will be dissolved.

Click here to view the proposal as it was presented at the 12/2/17 meeting.

Click here to view the proposal as it's currently shaped (Fall, 2018)

If you're intrigued by the plan and would like to be part of shaping ELFCO's future, email board@elfco.coop.

Proposal #2: Should the Plan of Distribution of Assets be approved? (See page 4 of the October 20, 2017 letter to owners. Owners who didn't receive the letter should contact <ownerservices@elfco.coop> or call 517-337-1266.)

Outcome: The majority of owners present voted to accept the Plan of Distribution of Assets, which will go into effect if the cooperative dissolves. 


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A Message from our Board

After 40 years of service to the community, ELFCO's storefront closed on January 28, 2017. Over the following months, we sought the input of our owners and many others as we actively explored ways to reopen our store in Lansing. In the end, however, our research showed that the cost of opening and operating a store more or less modeled on the one we just closed was unfeasible.  The possibility does exist of creating an entirely new model for making great food available to our community (see the link to the proposed project above). We are still looking for owners who want to contribute to this effort, particularly if they can make a solid time commitment to helping to see a new model through to completion. (See the Contact Us page if this describes you!)  To keep up with what’s happening, see the meeting minutes which are always posted on the Board of Directors Meeting Information page under the “Governance” tab. Remember also that all owners are invited to attend Board meetings. The date of the next meeting is posted below, as well as on the ELFCO event calendar. Watch this space for more details.

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A Brief Timeline of Recent and Upcoming Events:

  1. We sold our building at 4960 Northwind Drive on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.
  2. In May, we opened a temporary office at 780 W Lake Lansing Road, Suite #600 in East Lansing, which is currently staffed by our office manager. Our phone number is still 517.337.1266. We can also be reached via email; see our Contact Us page.
  3. After closing the store, owners and others interested in the co-op were invited to participate in several transformation events. In January, a survey was conducted and a visioning meeting was held. In March, a charrette (the Cooperative Community Design Event) also took place. For details, visit the Reimagining ELFCO page.
  4. The Board passed a motion on May 1, 2017 to focus on building space situated at Shepard and Kalamazoo streets as the most likely location for a new store. This site, on Lansing's east side, is in the same building as the Allen Neighborhood Center.
  5. Over a period of several months, the Board and staff met with various consultants and advisers, Even with this assistance, the Board was unable to come up with a viable plan for reopening.
  6. The Board passed a motion on August 8, 2017 to discontinue its efforts to reopen a store and to put the question of dissolving the co-op before the membership. However, it is still open to creative new ideas. Let us know if you have a great idea for how ELFCO could be transformed, and if you have the time to help make such an idea a reality.
  7. Friday, November 17, 2017: due date for owners to submit New Project Presentation proposals. To review those instructions, click  New Project Presentation-Instructions.
  8. December 2, 2017 (Saturday): A special owners meeting was held at the Allen Neighborhood Center. Owners present voted on whether to approve two proposals: (1) to dissolve the co-op or to move forward with a new project approved by the Board of Directors, and (2) to approve the Plan of Distribution of Assets, which would go into effect contingent upon the dissolution of the cooperative. On the first proposal, the majority of owners present voted to move forward with a new project. The Board of Directors is in the process of setting guidelines, goals, and time limits to ensure that the project proceeds in a productive and timely way. If it does not, the co-op will be dissolved. On the second proposal, members voted to approve the Plan of Distribution of Assets.
  9. A CSA Fair was hosted by ELFCO on Saturday, March 10 from 11:00 to 2:00 at the Peoples Church in East Lansing. Seven farmers were present to sell shares in their CSAs. If you'd like to contact any of them, give the co-op a call at 517-337-1266, or send us an email at staff@elfco.coop.
  10. The 2018 ELFCO Annual Meeting was held Sunday, April 29 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the Recital Room (2nd floor) of the East Lansing Hannah Community Center. The Agenda and Draft Minutes from the meeting are posted in the "Annual Meeting" section under the Governance tab of this website - or click on the links below

    2018 Annual Meeting Agenda

    2018 Annual Meeting Minutes-Draft

  11. Since the annual meeting, we've refining the vision for a new project as approved by owners at the 12/2/17 Special Owners Meeting. To read about this new concept of a year-round farmer's market, click here.
  12. A CSA Fair was held again this year on March 30, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at The Peoples Church at 200 West Grand River in downtown East Lansing. The turnout was great despite the very rainy weather, and lots of CSA shares were sold!
  13. The 2019 Annual Meeting will take place Sunday, April 28 at the Hannah Community Center from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. It's a potluck, so bring something to pass if you are able to! More info at the top of this page and here: Annual Meeting Info

Your feedback is greatly appreciated! Thank you for all your support!

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ELFCO'S Board of Directors:

  1. Stephen Gasteyer (President) - Term Expires: 4/2021
  2. Marshall Clabeaux (Vice President) = Term expires: 4/2019
  3. John Reich (Treasurer) - Term expires: 4/2021
  4. Michele Bridges (Secretary) - Term Expires: 4/2020
  5. Steve Andre - Term expires: 4/2021
  6. Chris Bardenhagen - Term Expires: 4/2020
  7. David Reyes-Gastelum - Term Expires: 4/2019
  8. Open
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Click here to go to the "Contact Us" page:  http://elfco.coop/wp/contact-board/

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