about us

The Community Food Club is a non-profit, member based grocery store.

our mission

The Community Food Club is an innovative and dignified approach to food security rooted in consumer choice, member participation, and access to healthy foods.

our commitment

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to our mission and our impact. The Community Food Club exists to provide a culturally appropriate, dignified shopping experience for all Kent County residents faced with food access challenges. We recognize that we have much to learn and know that it takes a multitude of perspectives to ensure our mission is achieved.

We honor the characteristics, traits, and experiences that make each person unique and are committed to creating environments that make all people feel welcomed, supported, valued and meaningfully engaged.

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our values


Building and encouraging strong relationships in a friendly and safe environment


Demonstrating and promoting mutual respect and appreciation

Consumer Participation

Encouraging ownership and buy-in by way of membership fees and program input


Ensuring a quality shopping experience, increased choice, and active participation for all members


Providing accessible and affordable selection of healthy foods and nutrition education opportunities


Members, donors, and other sectors investing to ensure effective program and financial stability


Making informed decisions based on research and data


Creating an inclusive, diverse, and just organization that works to reduce disparities

our story

The Community Food Club Model

Opening its doors in January of 2015, the Community Food Club was the vision of seven partner agencies desiring to try a new model. A model that incorporated consumer choice and had access to healthy foods.

Walk through the doors of the Community Food Club and you will find a grocery store stocked with fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, milk, cheese, meat and dry goods. Members complete their shopping trip at the checkout lane and receive a receipt that shows the order total and the remaining point balance.

Member households pay $11-$15 for a 30 day membership and are given an allotment of points based on their household size. Point values are assigned to each food item at the Community Food Club and members select the foods that best meet their families needs. Members may shop as often as they wish, up to once per day, until all of their points are used. Dignity and choice are the hallmarks of the Community Food Club model.

What differentiates the Community Food Club from a traditional grocery store? The price! Fruits and vegetables are the lowest priced items in the store while processed foods and snacks are the among the highest. This model helps increase food security in general; providing our members access to fresh produce and other healthy foods.

who we are

AJ Fossel

Executive Director



AJ has spent her career working in the charitable food sector. In her role as Executive Director, AJ is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, resource development, and the strategic plan of the Food Club. She has a passion for food justice and fostering leadership among all people who interact with the Food Club. Although a “newbie” in her diversity, equity, and inclusion journey, AJ knows the best work happens when everyone has a place at the table and works hard to make sure the Food Club is a welcoming place for all. 

Favorite Fruit or Vegetable: Uvas! (Grapes) 

Lisa owusu Sekyere

Communications & Development Manager 


I enjoy working at the Food Club because I have always had a passion for service. It makes me so happy to be a part of an organization that sees people, acknowledges their needs, and does what it takes to assist in providing those needs. Here I am able to learn so much and also meet new people. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with friends, reading or listening to music, and also cooking. 

Favorite Fruit or Vegetable: Lady Finger banana or baby bananas


Grocery Manager



I started working at the Food Club five years ago and I have grown so much here. I enjoy buying and looking for new products for the Food Club. I really like to make friends and treat all people with respect and I think that’s why people remember my name and face on the street. When I am not at work I love spending time in my workshop working on new projects, accompanied by my cat, Kevin.

Favorite Fruit or Vegetable: La lucuma

Deanna howland

Floor & Stocking Associate

I work at the Community Food Club to help others get access at healthier foods. I enjoy seeing families and individuals get access to healthier foods, and helping others, and the people I work with. I enjoy spending time with my family, including my grandchildren, and friends, going to the movies, festivals, bowling, watching mystery movies, trying new classes on subjects I’m interested in!   

Favorite Fruit or Vegetable: Kiwi

Heather Welsh

Operations Director


I enjoy working at the Food Club because I learn something new every day! Whether it’s meeting new members, working with community partners, learning new Spanish words, or just working on a new project, the Food Club is constantly growing and I love getting to be a part of it. When I’m not working, you can find me picking up new hobbies! Most recently I took a ceramics class and I’m hoping to get into sewing!

Favorite Fruit or Vegetable: A just-right peach

Leah Baker

Volnteer Coordinator


I love being the volunteer coordinator at the Food Club! Every day I get to see genuine and beautiful interactions between our incredible volunteers and members! I enjoy getting to know people and building lasting relationships. When I’m not working, I’m at home with my son, cooking, gardening or doing something outdoorsy! 

Favorite Fruit or Vegetable: My favorite fruit is Mango! 

board of directors

Retired, Corewell Health


Michigan 2-1-1


Community Food Club Member

Corewell Health

DEI Professional

Retired, Gordon Food Service

Vice Chair

Community Food Club Member


Grand Rapids Symphony


Retired, Network 180