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February Change for Change: Latter Rain Outreach

February's Change for Change supports Latter Rain Outreach. When you round up your purchase during February, your change goes to support recovery housing for women in Kalamazoo County. Latter Rain Outreach partners with local courts, treatment centers, and other community agencies. They foster safe supportive environments that will educate and empower individuals.

Latter Rain Outreach provides a safe, structured environment through Abigail's Palace, a residential recovery community, to help women make positive changes in their lives that lead to self-sufficiency and independence. Latter Rain Outreach and Abigail's Palace meet women's daily living needs, including counseling, in-house programs, and access to community resources.

Latter Rain Outreach believes that only through personal relationships can a sense of individual responsibility be established that will give individuals the commitment to follow through on a path to become productive members of society with a sense of pride and accomplishment. Latter Rain Outreach is an organization that is in direct response to the growing number of people that have found themselves trapped in addiction.

Visit Latter Rain Outreach's website to learn more.

2018: The Year of Reimagination & Recovery

Hello PFC Peeps!

I love this time of year. I love the feeling of hope that accompanies a time of renewal. We've all seen and done a lot this past year. Much of what we've seen has been full of love and wonder, and some of it has been fundamentally challenging to the fabric of community, of our ideas of ourselves, our culture, our national identity.

I like this time of year because I can reflect on what's passed and yet look ahead at what's possible.

For PFC, the past year has been one of reimagination and recovery. 2017 was an extremely challenging year between the addition of another quasi-natural store as well as the dreaded six-month road construction. 2018 was recovery from those changes, and, with the addition of the Front Porch, reworking of other parts of the store to be able to offer more options in meat, cheese, beer and wine, wellness, and more. All this work has begun to make a difference.

I'm aware that we have lost regular shoppers owners and non-, for many different reasons I am sure, over the past years, as the square footage of natural grocery in our area has increased from 19,000 (2014) to 66,000 (2018), and other grocery stores have strived to emulate what PFC does. It's tempting to think that having chain stores from outside our state (and outside the US), come here is a "win" for our community, thinking "we ARE somebody!" Indeed, this community is worth having the options we want and need to make our food dreams (and other dreams) come true!

Any yet, no one else in our community does what we do. PFC staff show up at the store and at our PFC Markets every day, ready to work so hard and connect you and others in our community to each other and to the food and food sources that knit us together, make us healthier, save the planet, and bolster the local economy. What an honor it is to do this work for and with you!

As you head into the new year, ruminate a bit on what we've accomplished together as Kalamazoo's only community-owned grocery and market operator, and imagine what we can do next if we stay invested in what PFC is all about: connecting community to uncommonly good food. There is so much more we can do together! And it starts with choosing PFC.

Best to you and yours,

Chris & the PFC Team


Coming Soon: Wellness Wednesday

Hi PFC Peeps!

I hope this holiday week is relaxing and filled with good people and great food.

As we head into the new year, we're excited to remind the owners among you of a new owner perk at PFC in early 2019. For the entire month of January, every Wednesday (and there are FIVE!), PFC is offering 10% off your health and beauty and supplements purchases! We're calling this Wellness Wednesday and there will be some signage in the store to remind you to take advantage of this.

Thanks for being part of something special. Happy Holidays!