Our Story

Economic pressures and popular movements in the late sixties and early seventies led to the creation of a great many food co-ops across Michigan and the country.

 PFC Building Exterior from Street in 1970s

 

Confronted with few choices for unprocessed, whole foods, people decided to band together and buy in bulk directly from producers and distributors.What has evolved from this over the past forty-plus years is a thriving natural foods industry, with the co-ops at the core.

 

Historical Image of People Standing in Front of Store
We were incorporated in 1973 and housed the store in several different locations over the years (including 37 years on Burdick St).

 

Arial Photo of Parking Lot in Downtown Kalamazoo

 

We then moved into our current home at 507 Harrison St in June 2011. Though we encourage ownership, anyone may shop at PFC. We welcome you to be part of your community’s Food Co-op.

 

Exterior of New Building from Parking Lot

PFC Natural Grocery & Deli is a consumer-owned cooperative grocery store, & operator of the Kalamazoo Farmers Market, bringing a full array of natural products and healthful foods to the community at reasonable prices. Learn all about us, our history, and our governance.


About Us


PFC exists to create access for all to food that is healthy for people, land, and the economy.  This statement is known as our “Global Ends” and helps to direct every decision we make. As such, we are more than your average grocer!

Here are a few things that make the Co-op different:

  • We strive to provide fresh, organic, and whole foods, offering our community healthy choices for a variety of dietary needs.
  • We purchase locally grown and produced goods, helping to keep local funds cycling back into our economy.
  • We participate in and support our local farmers markets, including operation of the Kalamazoo Farmers Market.  
  • We help provide access to food assistance programs (SNAP benefits) both at the store and at several local farmers’ markets. Everyone should be able to eat healthy, delicious, and local food.
  • We provide educational opportunities for our community related to food and food systems (such as cooking classes, tabling, speaking engagements, hosting events at the store and in the community).
  • We identify as an Anti-Racist, Anti-Oppressive cooperative, actively working to dismantle systemic racism and other oppressions in our organization, partnerships and community, in part through the implementation of an Anti-Racism Transformation Team (ARTT).
  • We work together with other organizations. As we are able, we provide sponsorships and donations to organizations and events that support our global ends, making our community a better place.

 

PFC Markets


In 2013, PFC took over operations of the Kalamazoo Farmers Market from the City of Kalamazoo. Learn more about the history of the Kalamazoo Farmers Market here.

The purpose of the Kalamazoo Farmers Market is to connect customers and market businesses through honest relationships & supporting community and local economies through a thriving market culture.

 

The Team


It takes a lot of great people to keep PFC going! Interested in joining the team?

Retail Staff

Deli Staff

  • JaRay Reese, deli manager (deli@pfckalamazoo.coop)
  • Andrew Nassaneyassistant deli manager
  • Natasha Blake-Beach, head of bakery (bakery@pfckalamazoo.coop)
  • Isaac Lowery, deli cook

Marketing & Markets Staff

  • Katie Justa, marketing manager (media@pfckalamazoo.coop)
  • Katelyn Bekken, special events & farmers market manager

Administrative Staff


Board Members

Our Board is made up of volunteer directors. Please see our Board of Directors page for a list of the current board members, as well as related information such as board meeting summaries, meeting minutes, and upcoming elections.

Anti-Racism Transformation Team

Toward the Ends of creating access for all to healthy food, the PFC Anti-Racism Transformation Team (ARTT) establishes accountability to communities of color both individually and systemically. Our ARTT is made up of PFC Board members, Management Team, non-management staff, co-op owners, and community members. Policy mandates that the general manager cannot operate without the consultation of the ARTT. While there is a hierarchy amongst staff in PFC, each level is accountable to each other. The PFC ARTT allows Team members to build relationships and give and receive support while doing antiracist work.

Please contact Aliisa Lahti or J./Jasmine Kyon with interest or for more information about the PFC ARTT.

In order to develop shared language for talking effectively about systemic racism, explore an introductory analysis of systemic racism, and examine basic strategies for dismantling racism within their organization, PFC team members attend an Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop, hosted by ERACCE (Eliminating Racism and Creating/Celebrating Equity). 

Visit the ERACCE website to learn more about the organization, their focus, and to view a schedule of upcoming trainings.

Volunteers

As a community-owned grocery, we have made a conscious choice to involve our community in a great many ways, including encouraging volunteerism. At PFC we depend on people like yourself to help make the organization stronger through volunteering both in the store and at special events. PFC is incredibly grateful to all of you who lend a hand to keep our store running. Interested in being a volunteer? Why not help out?

 

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