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Volunteers

Our Goals

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Building community starts with you and me.

 

We have three main goals but it all centers around our vision that this will be much more than "just" a grocery store, but it all starts there.

 

To open a grocery store in the village of Dundee with healthy, nutritious fresh foods and whole food staples, preferably from local providers, at competitive pricing, accepting many methods of payment, providing access to experts who will help shoppers navigate government assistance programs. 

 

To maintain a kitchen in the store to make bread, soup, and convenience foods/frozen meals for sale in the store. The kitchen will also be a  place for cooking classes for all ages. Available to rent during hours not in use.

To build a community hub in the store, with a beverage station, light snacks, and homemade soups with comfortable seating. A cozy space for shoppers to sit and chat for a while.

Our People - Your Neighbors

Dundee Fresh Grocery, Inc. was created to solve the problem of the lack of fresh produce, meats, poultry, and limited fresh dairy available in the village of Dundee. 

 

Our board consists of the following dedicated volunteers:
 

Officers:

Alice Shoemaker – 

President and Founder

Retired Attorney

Leslie Peters – 

Vice President

Retired Sales Professional

 

Bonnie Anderson – 

Treasurer

Project Manager, Former Office Manager

Lydia Phelps –

Secretary

Retired GST BOCES Administrator,

Dundee Area Historical Society Board Member

Board Members:

Caryl Sutterby –

Our Town Rocks Director,

Starkey Town Councilor

Lynda Kimball –

Vice President of a Realty Group

 

Sheri Bone – 

Author, retired Dundee and Bradford Elementary School Teacher

Our Progress

Community Update November 2023

 

  • We incorporated as a New York State not-for-profit corporation, Dundee Fresh Grocery, Inc., on September 7, 2022.

  • We formed our Board of Directors. 

  • We held 4 community meetings in late August and early September 2022 in Dundee and participated in many other gatherings with community stakeholders.

  • We have spoken to many people and most agreed that we need a grocery store in Dundee! 

  • We started working on our financial profile with the help of Bob Griffin of the Small Business Development Center in October, 2022.

  • We received a $5,500 grant from the Tripp Foundation in November. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County partnered with us as our fiscal sponsor.

  • We developed our business plan November and December 2022.

  • We obtained the help of a Masters of Public Health candidate at Cornell to develop a social media strategy.

  • We obtained IRC 501(c)(3) charity status on December 30, 2022

  • We partnered with CCE Yates County and the Dundee Baptist Church to obtain a $24,953 grant from the Genesee Valley Regional Market Authority to provide free fresh produce to the Dundee Area Community.

  • We used the grant to provide 8 weekly distributions of 3 to 5 different types of fresh produce purchased at the Finger Lakes Produce Auction to approximately 300 members each week at the Dundee Village Barn.

  • We are investigating other ways that we can bring fresh produce to the Community.

 

We are still working on securing a physical site for our store in downtown Dundee. Any ideas? Let us know! Email us at dundeefresh@gmail.com
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