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The 2019-2020 Quincy Natural Foods and Feather River Foods Co-op Board of Directors and Quincy store general manager. Back row, from left: Director Julie Hochrein, General Manager Andrea Wilson, and Directors Gia Martynn, Vanessa Vasquez, Diane McCombs and Phil Sih. Front row, from left: Directors Chris Anderson and Rachel Bauer. Photo submitted

Quincy co-op extends deadline for board candidates

Quincy Natural Foods is a community-owned food cooperative in Plumas County with two store locations, in Quincy and Portola.

As a member-owned business, the co-op upholds a strong commitment to the community it serves by offering grants to local charity groups, hosting a site for the Plumas Charter School’s garden program, offering workshops on healthy living and purchasing local goods from local farmers and makers.

If you are a member of the co-op, now is the chance to give back and serve your co-op. The co-op has extended the deadline for its board of director candidates to step forward. Members now have until Sunday, Feb. 16, till midnight to submit an application. There will be two seats up for election in March 2020.

The qualifications are simple. You must be a member-owner for at least six months prior to the election in March, and shall not have any overriding conflict of interest with the co-op. That’s it!

What really makes a qualified board candidate you ask? Three things: 1) Be enthusiastic and supportive about what the Co-op does for its members and community; 2) Be willing and comfortable with taking on a leadership role; and 3) Be willing to learn, and work closely and cooperatively with fellow directors.

If interested in learning more about what it would entail to serve on the co-op board, contact one of the current board directors (contact info can be found on the co-op website), or stop in the store and talk with co-op General Manager Andrea Wilson, or Member Services Coordinator Amber Hughes.

Another way to be more involved and learn about the co-op is to become a member of one of the various board committees, or read some educational material from the co-op’s website at qnf.weebly.com.

Board meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month, and committee meetings are generally held monthly with dates posted on the Co-op website.

While Quincy Natural Foods and Feather River Foods Co-ops are member-owned, anyone from the general public can shop and support this local business.

The small cooperative business currently has 31 employees and a seven-member board of directors.

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