PHONE

(585) 454-COOP
(585) 454-2667

HOURS

8 AM - 8 PM
Sunday - Saturday
Open everyday except Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Board of Directors

Meet the Abundance Board of Directors

The Abundance Board of Directors is what makes Abundance Food Co-op a democratic form of business.

The Board is made up of shareholders who are elected by fellow shareholders to represent their interests.

Term limits, regular meetings, and other conditions outlining how the Board works can be found in the Abundance Food Co-op By-laws.

The vision for the co-op outlining it’s purpose is contained in the Abundance Food Co-op Global Ends Policy.

OUR NEXT BOARD MEETING:

Tuesday – March 12, 2024
6:30 – 8:30 PM via Google Meet

OUR MISSION

The Abundance Food Co-op exists to provide safe, healthful, nutritious food and other products at a reasonable price to the Rochester community.

We strive to operate our business in a manner which supports a sustainable food system, sound ecological practices, responsible corporate practices, and just employment procedures.

We strive to be a community center which provides reliable food, education, and extraordinary customer service benefiting our shareholders, our shoppers, our neighborhood, and the whole community.

Meet the Board of Directors

board@abundance.coop

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Melinda McAuliff

President

Term: 2023-2025
Committees: Linkage

Melinda started shopping the co-op when it opened in her Southwedge neighborhood in 2017. Since then her relationship blossomed from shopper to employee to Shareholder. As an employee/Shareholder, she developed a passion for the co-op model and the role Abundance plays in our local community. She is excited to continue evolving that relationship as a member of the Board of Directors and contribute to the store’s continued growth and community impact.

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Max Gianniny

Treasurer

Term: 2021-2023
Committee: Governance/Board Development

Max is a Rochester native currently working in real estate. He became interested in Abundance because of an interest in both healthy food and cooperative ownership. During his tenure he worked closely with the move to the new store on South ave and with the hiring of our current GM. He believes we have only begun to realize the potential of the new store and looks forward to helping guide the co-op to become a staple of the South wedge and known across the city.

 

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April Benedict

Term: 2022-2024
Committee: Linkage

April is a whole food, plant-based Syracuse transplant who became interested in co-operatives after becoming a member of the Potsdam co-op in the north country. Learning about where our food comes from, how it is produced and the impact our choices have on a community sparked a change in her personal buying. She shares the values Abundance has for strengthening the community through food and products offered, which encouraged her to take a more active role and join the board. As a healthcare provider she is passionate about helping others live a healthy lifestyle and believes with education and outreach we can show how the co-op is accessible and beneficial to everyone in the community.

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Jay Parnes

Term: 2021-2023
Committee: 

Jay is a native of NYC and has lived in Rochester for over 35 years.  He is a retired dentist.  Having shopped at the original Coop on Monroe Avenue, Jay has been a long-term shareholder, has seen the Coop evolve into what it is today and hopes to see future growth to turn it into what it can be.

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Ken Rich

Term: 2023-2025
Committee: Board Development

Ken Rich loves cooking and eating real food, and the Co-op has been his main supplier since 1976. He has worked in natural food dining and baking, but currently is an IT guy at a small, local company. You may recognize his name from the Ken’s Kookery column, which he unsuccessfully tried to write anonymously, published The Rutabaga Rap. He was on the board of the Heartwork Institute, is a member of Rochester Contemporary Art Center, and has run the Old Forge Marathon and similar crazinesses.

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Peter House

Term: Appointed 2022
Committee: TBD

Peter is a long-time Shareholder and has served on the Board of Directors with great enthusiasm for cooperatives in the past. He brings a wealth of policy governance knowledge to the group. 

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Philippa Proudfoot

Term: 2023-2025
Committee: Linkage

Philippa Proudfoot has been involved with Abundance Coop since its beginning and shopped at the old Genesee Coop Foodstore in the 1970’s. She served on the Abundance board of directors from around 2009 to 2013, early in the search for a new location. She lives in Rochester and is a clinical social worker in private practice

Benefits of Co-Op Ownership

All are welcome at Abundance. You don’t have to be an owner to shop, but once you’ve discovered the benefits of shopping with us, you might be interested in the benefits of becoming an owner, too.

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Our Hours:

Monday: 8AM - 8PM
Tuesday: 8AM - 8PM
Wednesday: 8AM - 8PM
Thursday: 8AM - 8PM
Friday: 8AM - 8PM
Saturday: 8AM - 8PM
Sunday: 8AM - 8PM