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Oshkosh Food Co-op’s bests COVID, financial tests as it looks to year 2

Cashier Ellen Harwell helps customer Travis Sullivan July 12, 2022, at the Oshkosh Food Co-op, 155 Jackson St. The co-op marked one  year on July 22.

OSHKOSH – Perhaps it was a bold move to open a food cooperative in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, but Oshkosh Food Co-op‘s board president thinks the struggles have been worth the effort. 

Brenda Haines, president of the co-op’s Board of Directors, said the store had to change a lot of plans in response to COVID-19 restrictions, not to mention staffing shortages that followed.

It’s also faced, and continues to face, some early financial struggles. Still, Haines is optimistic about the future of the member-owned grocery store as it moves into its second year. 

“It’s been a good year,” Haines said. “It’s been a learning year.” 

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