PFC Newsletter March 2020
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All events and use of the community are suspended until further notice.


From Your Board


Dear Placerville Food Co-op Community,

First, we want to thank you for your dedication to both our store and our community during these unprecedented times. We are honored to continue to serve Placerville with healthy food options. Our two most important commitments are to continue to make nutritious and trusted food sources available to you every day and to safeguard the health of our valued employees, members, and community. As we continue to make daily adjustments in response to COVID-19, we are reminded of what as co-op members and shoppers we already know: our grocery stores are essential to our daily lives - to our rhythms, our connections, and our health. We appreciate the commitment, hard work, and spirit of our employees now more than ever. 


In other important news, we are grateful and excited to welcome Dan Arnett to step in as our Interim General Manager while Regina Miranda takes a temporary leave of absence (she is in good health and this is not related to COVID-19!) Dan is an experienced GM who has worked with cooperatives for over 20 years and we couldn’t be happier to have him fill this role. Dan managed the Central Coop in Seattle as well as the Sacramento Natural Foods Coop,  is a Board Member and Advisory Council member of Fairtrade America, and has been a mentor to Regina for many years. We firmly believe his experience and passion for coops will be essential and welcomed at Placerville Food Coop during this uncertain time.  


If you are shopping in the store, please say, “Hello” to Dan (at a safe distance, of course) and stay well!


In cooperation,


Your Board of Directors

Placerville Food Co-op

Placerville Food Co-op Response to COVID-19


As we all adjust to life amidst the COVID-19 pandemic we want to thank our staff who are deemed as essential workers, and thank our members and customers who continue to support the Co-op. Our management team is closely monitoring communication from the Center for Disease Control & Prevention, state, local and industry on guidance and recommendations to effectively handle general sanitation, transmission prevention, and risk management related to the virus. 

Based on these recommendations the Co-op has/is:

  • Increasing the frequency and rigor of cleaning the sales floor and operational areas, including high touch surfaces (carts, bathrooms, doors etc.) 

  • Reduced store hours in order to dedicate time to thorough cleaning after hours each day. 

  • Monitoring diligent handwashing of all Co-op staff. 

  • All staff are wearing gloves.

  • Communicating and enforcing the sick-leave policy; any staff exhibiting symptoms will not report to work. 

  • Installed Acrylic register lane barriers to protect staff and customers from exposure.  

  • Changed scoop system in bulk products area and increased bulk product pre-packaging.  

  • Removed all health and beauty samples.

  • Implemented “at-risk” shopping hours from 8-9am for seniors, pregnant women and immune compromised individuals.  

  • Placed a moratorium on the use of reusable bags and containers brought from home.  

As circumstances continue to develop, we will make decisions with the health and well-being of our owners, customers, staff and community as the top priority.


What You Can Do To Help Our Community Stay Healthy

  • Thoroughly wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before coming into the store.

  • Respect social distancing policies while in the store and stay 6 feet away from other customers and staff.

  • Avoid touching your face while in the store.

  • Avoid touching products and putting them back on the shelf. 

  • Use a debit or credit card instead of checks or cash.

  • Stay home if you feel unwell.

Thank you for taking steps to help keep our community healthy and thriving!

Volunteer Opportunities

Can You Sew Safety Masks?                                                                     

Calling all community members who can sew!

We need safety masks for our workers! Due to a national shortage, we cannot access official medical grade safety masks. And while this solution is not guaranteed to protect our staff and customers, we would like to ask all community members who have the supplies and skills to make some protective masks for our Co-op employees. We need 75 total masks, 3 masks for each of our 25 employees. If you can drop the masks off at the store, great! If you are unable to leave your house, contact Shari or contact her at the co-op 530-621-3663

Follow this link for instructions

Deliver Food To Seniors and Immune Compromised 

Community Members

Are you in good health and going a little stir-crazy not knowing what to do with yourself? Please consider joining  a team of volunteers willing to deliver groceries to our community members in high-risk groups. Please add your name to this google sheet if you’d like to be part of this volunteer group:

Click here for food delivery volunteer sign-up!


Are you in need of food delivery? Please reply to this email and let us know - we are working to coordinate volunteers!

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