PCC is recognized by Fast Company magazine with an honorable mention in their World Changing Ideas Awards for the co-op’s work in creating stores that are as sustainably sourced as the food it sells.
In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, PCC works closely with federal, state and local health agencies to provide a safe environment for staff, members and shoppers. The co-op creates a blog to keep its community updated on the precautions the co-op is taking, including updating store HVAC systems for better airflow, installing plexiglass dividers at checkstands, providing masks for all staff and enforcing a “No Mask, No Entry” policy.
When local farmers markets close due to COVID-19, PCC leverages its food bank program to support local farms in economic crisis. In partnership with Neighborhood Farmers Markets and Harvest Against Hunger, the co-op creates a new program to purchase Washington produce from economically endangered farms for local food banks.
PCC is ranked as one of the top midsize corporate philanthropists by Puget Sound Business Journal and is also awarded Progressive Grocer’s Outstanding Independent Award for the second year in a row for its leadership in environmental sustainability.
Central District PCC opens. To celebrate this historically Black community, the co-op features an art installment by local artist, Jite Agbro, consisting of 20 panels that each represent vibrant historical locations in the neighborhood. The store partners with Byrd Barr Place to support neighborhood food access efforts.
Bellevue PCC opens, expanding the co-op’s Eastside presence to four stores. The store features artwork by local artist, Shogo Ota, entitled “Murmuration.” This piece showcases a group of birds that while small individually, become mightier when they fly together, forming a Southern Resident Killer Whale.
PCC introduces its PCC Chinook Sourcing Standard — a new, place-based standard developed in partnership with National Fisheries Conservation Center to minimize impacts on Chinook stocks and avoid interception of Southern Resident Killer Whales’ main food supply.
PCC announces that it will relocate its Kirkland store to a location that is 30 percent larger in 2021. Kirkland PCC opened in 1978 and is the co-op’s second store, currently standing in its original location.
PCC Organic Chocolate launches in partnership with K’UL® Chocolate, located in Bellingham, Washington, available in five flavors. K’UL works with women’s cooperatives throughout the equatorial belt to source their organic, fair trade cacao beans.
Ballard PCC becomes the first grocery store in the world to achieve Living Building Challenge (LBC) Petal Certification. Set by the International Living Future Institute, LBC is the world’s most rigorous green building standard.
PCC adopts a new standard for all fresh, whole eggs sold at PCC or used in its deli. This standard requires that all laying hens have access to the outdoors or, ideally, pasture.