Montavilla Food Co-op nears goal

Find out how an annual Pancake Brunch moved this outer East Portland organization closer to their goal of starting their store …

At the check-in table, and ringing a hand bell – to signal a new member has joined the Montavilla Food Co-op – is volunteer Brad Lynch.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

It was a delightful day for the volunteers, member/owners, and guests of the Montavilla Food Co-op (MFC) on November 10, when again they held their annual Pancake Brunch at the Montavilla United Methodist Church.

Music filled the community hall as families dined on delicious breakfast and luncheon dishes, cooked fresh in the kitchen by dedicated MFC volunteers.

Here enjoying the brunch are Joe Ferguson and his family – Reid, Mary, and Hazel.

“We’re having our Pancake Brunch a little later in the year, timing it with the approach of our leasing milestone; we’re just 20 new members away from being able to sign a lease on a property in getting the store and the renovation stages, so we can start serving the community,” said MFC Project Manager Colby Clipston.

“We find there are many different reasons why people join a co-op; some people are more concerned about food justice and philosophical angles,” Clipston told East Portland News. “But mostly, people want to store in their neighborhood that they can walk to it their kids, and not have to commute to get good, wholesome food,” he added.

Volunteer Julie Hoy drains off a cooking pan containing still-sizzling hot bacon.

The kitchen buzzes with activity, as volunteers prepare dishes for this year’s MFC brunch.

Sisters Sorel Jennings and Taylor Jennings – both Franklin High School students – musically entertain.

Fortunately, the MFC has a strong volunteer base – which is necessary to put on this kind of event, Clipston commented. “Last night, many of us were here getting ready for it; today, about 20 people have helped put on this brunch.”

Asked for a membership sign-up prediction, Clipston said, “I think we will be able to have a lease signed by the end of this year, or at least in January; while our goal is a little ambitious, we should have our location and be doing renovations by the end of next year.”

Mt. Tabor neighborhood resident and MFC Board President Caitlin Dickinson, and Project Manager Colby Clipston celebrate the organization’s getting closer to their membership goal.

“I got involved because I’m very passionate about opening a food co-op, said the MFC Board President Caitlin Dickinson. “Opening a store is something that I feel philosophically, environmentally, and socially, does the community well.”

Find out more about the Montavilla Food Coop by visiting their official website: CLICK HERE.

> On our Front Page: This young diner, gleefully enjoying her pancake brunch, is guest Sadie Shankland.

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