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.

our values

Community

Building and encouraging strong relationships in a friendly and safe environment

Dignity

Demonstrating and promoting mutual respect and appreciation

Consumer Participation

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

Member-Centered

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

health

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

Collaboration

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

Evaluation

Making informed decisions based on research and data

Equity

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

ajfossel@communityfoodclubgr.org

OSCAR UBILLUS-FERNANDEZ

Grocery Coordinator

oscar.ubillus@communityfoodclubgr.org

AMBER Colter

Logistics Coordinator

amber.colter@communityfoodclubgr.org

Sydney Watson

Communications & Development Coordinator

sydney.watson@communityfoodclubgr.org

Heather Milks

Member Engagement & Special Projects Coordinator

heather.milks@communityfoodclubgr.org

Raúl Ortiz

Volunteer Coordinator

raul.ortiz@communityfoodclubgr.org

Deanna howland

Floor & Stocking Associate

board of directors

KURT KNOTH
Spectrum Health

Chairperson

DOUG SCHOLMA
Retired, Spartan Nash

Vice Chair

BOBBY GARMON
Community Food Club Member

ERIC JOBE
Spectrum Health

VERONICA GOUDZWAARD
Community Food Club Member

JAY ZYLSTRA
Retired, Gordon Food Service

Secretary

JERLEAN MCALISTER
Community Food Club Member

Treasurer

DAVE JACOBS
Retired, Home Repair Services

DR. TIFFANY LETTS
Metro Health

GUSTAVO ROTONDARO
Michigan 2-1-1

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