Alison Fritz

2011 Board Elections Candidate Statement:

1. Tell us about yourself, work, beliefs and values and include your experiences and accomplishments with any of the SPFC organizing committees?
I live in the Passyunk Square neighborhood with my husband and our two cats. I’m a proud founding member of SPFC and have served as Chair of the Steering Committee since June 2010. With a solid foundation in place, I’m excited to be a part of the next phase of our development. The last 15 months have been challenging and educational—but also immensely gratifying when I think about how much we’ve accomplished. In my “other life” I work at Fox Chase Cancer Center as Associate Director of Donor Relations, and before that, as a grant writer for WHYY.

2. Why do you value Cooperatives?
The cooperative business model operates within a mission-based framework and puts important values (education, sustainability, community building, respect for the environment) on par with profit margins—something that most other profit-driven businesses fail to do. From my personal experience, co-ops also allow a group of seemingly ordinary people to do something quite extraordinary: exercise a measure of ownership and control over issues that matter to them when the free market fails to meet their needs.

3. What is your definition of a Cooperative?
A cooperative is a business that is owned and governed by proactive and engaged community members who share a common goal or vision.

4. What is your vision of growth for a South Philly Food Cooperative?
My immediate vision for SPFC is a cohesive community-driven movement that questions the corporate profit-driven food system as we know it, and rallies around the vision of a viable alternative for our community. My long-term vision is, of course, to open a grocery store that provides access to locally and/or sustainably produced fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy and dry goods. I believe the co-op has the potential to be an integral part of community life here in South Philly—the place where we shop, work, and grow and maintain friendships with others who share in the values of the co-op.

The rest of the candidate statements are available here.