Our co-op community, June 2018

This article was originally published in June 2018

PCC supports our community through partnerships, sponsorships, events and donations. If you have an upcoming event that you would like us to support, please visit pccmarkets.com/sustainability/socially-responsible.

Q2 Grant Recipients

Coyote Central receives the Social Action Grant

Coyote Central is an organization that provides youth of all backgrounds the opportunity to develop valuable life skills, creative thinking, self-awareness, and social awareness through hands-on projects with professionals in creative fields. Coyote Central is committed to making its programs affordable for all students. Approximately 40 percent of students receive full or partial scholarships.

Coyote Central offers a variety of classes, including acting, sewing, welding, bike repair and woodworking. It also has a year-round culinary program with five-day intensive programs during seasonal school breaks. PCC’s grant is being used to offset tuition costs for students enrolled in the culinary program.

Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition receives the Environmental Stewardship Grant

The Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition (DRCC) coordinates all cleanup activities of the Duwamish River Superfund site. Collaborating with community groups, agencies and other organizations, DRCC implements restoration projects that are beneficial to all. DRCC also offers guided river tours, education forums and youth programs to help people understand the river’s importance and the essentiality of ecological restoration.

PCC’s grant is funding the work of four Community Stewards that have specialized training in plant removal, native plant maintenance and restoration efforts. These stewards identify areas in the Duwamish Valley that will benefit from stewardship, organize events, and bring in volunteers to assist with restoration work. This work is essential to creating a resilient ecosystem with improved air, water and soil quality in the Duwamish Valley.

Strawberry Days weekend

Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, June 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
S.W. 152nd St., downtown Burien

Join PCC at this fun-filled weekend in Downtown Burien. This event, formally known as the Strawberry Festival, packs a lot into one weekend — food, merchandise booths, carnival games, face painting, a strawberry daiquiri garden and more! On Saturday look for soap box derby races and the Relay for Life cornhole tournament. Taste some of PCC’s delicious chili on Sunday at the chili cook-off at Town Square Park. For more information, visit discoverburien.org/wild-strawberry-festival.

Use It Up: Leftovers to Lunch

Saturday, June 23 at Columbia City PCC
Sunday, June 24 at Greenlake Village PCC
Saturday, June 30 at Issaquah PCC
All classes are 3 to 5:30 p.m.

Learn how to minimize food waste in this free class. We’ll review ways to use up a bounty of fruits and vegetables, how to incorporate leftover ingredients into easy meals, and proper storage techniques. Chef Rachel will be doing cooking demonstrations of several different recipes. This class is offered by PCC Cooks with support from Seattle Public Utilities’ “Love Food, Stop Waste” program and the City of Issaquah’s “Food: Too Good to Waste” program. Pre-register at 206-545-7112 or pcccooks.com.

Seattle Pride Parade

Sunday, June 24, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Downtown Seattle, along 4th Avenue

PCC is sponsoring and participating in Seattle’s 44th annual Pride Parade. We’ll be there handing out bananas and showing support for our LGBTQIA+ community members. We hope to see you there! For more information, visit www.seattlepride.org.

Save the date: Burien 4th of July parade

Wednesday, July 4, 3 to 5 p.m.
Downtown Burien

2018 marks the 97th anniversary of Burien’s 4th of July parade, making it one of the oldest Independence Day celebrations in the region. Join PCC, the main sponsor, at the parade. There will be marching bands, floats, the Seafair pirates and much more. Stop by the new Burien PCC to pick up your 4th of July picnic and enjoy the festivities! For more information, visit discoverburien.org/independence-day-parade.

June customer service star

Jason Byford, Edmonds PCC

An expert in all things meat and poultry, Jason is the master of special orders. Whether customers are looking for a custom cut or a unique way to prepare it, Jason always has a helpful tip or recipe on hand. His personable and educational approach to customer service exemplifies what it means to go the extra mile.

PCC Cooks

PCC Cooks is delighted to offer a welcoming space for students of all ages to join our diverse group of food-loving instructors and class assistants to build skills, get creative, and connect with one another over handmade food. We hope to spur a kitchen confidence-building journey that begins with a chef’s knife, cutting board or a pan on the stove, and continues with nourishing meals that you’re proud to serve — and eat.

Registration opens May 30 for summer classes in July, August and September — and we still have space available for many of our kids’ summer camps. Can’t wait?!

This June we’re dishing up a range of classes that take full advantage of the possibilities a kitchen offers. Check out Cedar Plank Cooking for a unique take on roasting and baking, rooted in PNW tradition. Knife Skills offers a primer (or refresher) on one of the most fundamental steps in food prep – chopping and slicing. Grass-fed Beef focuses on bringing out the best of PCC’s high-quality beef, and Really Good Risotto gives you the tools you need to make just that! Visit pcccooks.com to find classrooms and learn more.

Also in this issue

Building community with food access

Most food bank recipients work one or two jobs — and there’s a growing need among students, children and seniors. This report explains how PCC’s food bank program is unique in meeting the challenge. Unlike other grocers, we donate food and time — and the food we provide offers proper nutrition, not empty calories.

Organically Grown Company, a values-based producer community

OGC has been PC’s primary organic produce supplier because its produce tastes amazing and because we treasure OGC’s commitment to a values-based supply chain. This essay highlights the organic and sustainable practices in place and profiles some of OGC’s signature farmers.

PCC Board of Trustees Report

PCC's Board of Trustees is elected to represent the interests of co-op members. Hearing from members enhances the governance and ongoing betterment of the cooperative for members.