Julia Koprak

2011 Board Elections Candidate Statement:

I’ve been involved in the South Philly Food Co-op since its foundation in April 2010 as a member of the Steering Committee, though my time spent with food cooperatives stems back to my childhood. My first introduction to coops was wandering through the aisles and attending meetings of the Flatbush Food Coop in Brooklyn (my father has been an active board and committee member for many years). Looking back, it is the ever-present sense of community participation and commitment that has fueled my enthusiasm for spearheading a start-up movement here in South Philly. In addition to attending our Steering Committee meetings and building key documents and structures with my fellow committee members, I have served a role doing outreach at several civic associations and community events. My dedication to the food movement also shows in my professional life at The Food Trust, working to bring fresh food into underserved neighborhoods, and an active membership in a cooperative CSA.

I value the cooperative model from both a business and community perspective, and value the benefits a cooperative can provide to a local economy. I am excited about the prospects of SPFC growing over the next two years. We’ve made significant progress with our small group of committee members over the past year, and I am certain that with our addition of a sizable group of member-owners, we will be able to continue to learn from each other and evolve closer towards our goal of having a storefront. I am the kind of person that can spend hours walking through the grocery store, seeing what’s in season, crafting recipes in my head, and I look forward to the day when I can walk into SPFC and do the same.

The rest of the candidate statements are available here.