Come here to shop for groceries that are
- Organically grown
- Healthy (minimally processed and free from unnecessary additives)
- Environmentally sound (locally grown or produced, minimally and ecologically packaged)
Our staff will be available for advice and questions.
A cooperative is a business owned and operated by its members, but you do not need to be a member to shop here. The are many advantages of membership, most importantly, you can elect a board of directors that is answerable to you.
The Phoenix Earth Food Co-op is also known as the
Toledo Natural Food Co-Op, a name we have used in the past.
- Weekdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Events—Latest News Updates
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ATTENTION MEMBERS: A word from our Board of Directors
November 14th, 2014
To members of the Phoenix Earth Food Co-op:
During our annual member’s meeting on October 19th, we did not reach a quorum. Our bylaws state that 10% or 30 of our 300 members need to be present. We counted 24, six short of a quorum.
Low attendance at membership meetings has become a recurring problem, one that Phoenix Earth Food Co-op shares with other co-ops, and one that we urgently need to resolve.
During a discussion at our Oct. 19th meeting, we reached a consensus to take two steps. The first was to accept realities and reduce the threshold for reaching a quorum. This will require a change of our bylaws that only members can approve by a majority vote. Indeed, our current bylaws allow polls to be taken by mail ballots on any matter other than board elections. The Board of Phoenix Earth Food Co-op is therefore asking you to vote on a proposal to reduce the threshold for a quorum to 20 members or 10% of members, whichever is lower. Please cast your vote on the attached ballot and send it back to the store using the return envelope. (A letter has been mailed to each of you with copies of the ballots and a return envelope.)
To be compliant with our bylaws, we will be holding another annual meeting on Sunday, December 21st from 6 to 8 pm at Augsburg Lutheran Church (1342 W. Sylvania Ave. Toledo, OH 43612). Please count on attending this meeting so that we can make quorum.
Cooperatively yours, Sean Nestor, Board President and Hermann von Grafenstein, Secretary
A Few Reminders: Annual Meeting, Member Voting, and October 19th Store Hours
October 19th is coming up quickly! Remember that the Annual Meeting is being held on Sunday, October 19th at Augsburg Lutheran Church (1342 W. Sylvania) starting at 6:00 pm. The meeting will start with a potluck and we ask you to bring your own utensils. Every member is encouraged to come.
If you can't attend the meeting, make sure to turn in your vote before hand. Members should be receiving an official invitation to the meeting in the mail along with a copy of the ballot containing the candidates for Board of Directors. There are three ways to vote, the first of which is to come to the meeting and cast your ballot there. If unable to attend, you can send a proxy to the meeting with your ballot. Or, you can turn in your vote at the Co-op any time before October 19th (extra ballots are available in the store upon request). Make your voice heard and remember to vote!
Finally, to make sure that the staff can attend the meeting as well, the store will be closing at 5:30 pm on October 19th so make sure to get all of your shopping done early! Thank you and we hope to see you at the meeting.
A Word from our Board President, Sean Nestor
One of the coolest things about cooperatives is that our members get a say in what we do and what direction we head in. Participatory democracy is baked into the foundation of what we do—which means we couldn't be who we are without you!
I want to urge every member to attend the upcoming annual meeting on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19TH at AUGSBURG LUTHERAN CHURCH (1342 W. Sylvania). over a potluck dinner, we'll be presenting important information about our financial health, ongoing efforts, and future plans.
We'll also be voting in three seats for our Board of Directors—the people who represent YOU in the decisions that the co-op makes, which also means that we're looking for qualified candidates! If you or someone you know is a member in good standing that is interested in helping to move the co-op forward, I encourage you to fill out an application for board membership by clicking this link. You should be able to check your e-mail regularly and attend board meetings once a month.
I look forward to seeing you all soon. Let's work together to make the future just a little bit brighter.
Board President, Phoenix Earth Food Co-op
Our Annual Membership meeting will be held on Sunday October 19th in Augsburg Lutheran Church on Sylvania Ave. East of the Co-op. All members are urged to attend and vote on key issues pertaining to the Co-op. Prior to the Annual Meeting, ballots will be mailed to all members for a vote of new Board members. Details are forthcoming
Are you interested in volunteering with the Phoenix Earth Food Co-op? Join us at our monthly Community Outreach meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of each month and discover what the co-op is doing in Toledo. The meetings begin at 6pm, location TBD. There will be no pressure to volunteer, that's a promise! For information about upcoming outreach activities or meetings, please contact the director, Will Mellon, at 419.410.6310 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Board meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month. The regular place of board meetings is the Jamie-Black Room at the main branch of Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, 325 Michigan St., Toledo, OH 43604. All members welcome.
Label-the-Truth Meeting February 18th, 7:30 p.m.
Our Board President, Sean Nestor, and former General Manager, Lisa Blake, are on the steering committee of Label-the-Truth Ohio. The mission of Label-the-Truth is to put a constitutional amendment on the 2014 ballot that mandates the labeling of GMOs. We're forwarding this announcement for those of you who are interested in getting informed and getting involved.
The Co-op does not involve itself in partisan politics, but it DOES promote health and well-being of the individual and community through education about food issues, and, of course, always offering the best food at the best prices.