Events at KNFC

“Evening At The Venice” KNFC Expansion Fund Raiser

Greetings !

Kent Natural Foods Co-op presents

WHAT: An Evening At The Venice

-A Fundraiser for the KNFC Expansion Project

-Music by Roger Hoover and The Hurt with Randy Horvath

-Appetizers, Desserts

-A Beverage featuring an herb or produce item from KNFC

-Silent Auction

-Fun Presentations about Herbal Remedies

WHERE: The Venice Cafe, 163 W. Erie St.

WHEN: Friday, March 13, 7-10pm

ADMISSION: $20. 21 & Over

-Tickets Available Online @

-Tickets Available at The Door

We’re getting closer to expanding the store. Construction Bids are due by

April 1st. We would like to break ground in June and be done by September 2015.

The more we raise on our own, the less we have to borrow.

Thanks to Roger and Ysabel Hoover for creating and organizing this special event!

Hope to see you there!

Kent Natural Foods Cooperative

151 E. Main St.

Kent, Ohio 44278



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We’re having our annual open house, this Saturday, December 6, from 9am-8pm. Come visit the store for extra discounts, music, potluck, and fun!
Open House Flier 2014

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KNFC Building Expansion Update

Expansion Postponed until May, 2015.

Dear Members and Customers,

Due to higher than expected construction bids and increased requirements from the city, the expansion plans have been altered and delayed. The initial expansion plans included a second story, but due to significantly higher than anticipated steel costs and more stringent fire code requirements, the architect has modified the Expansion plans to include only one story. We have submitted the new plans to several contractors and are still waiting to hear back from many of them.

This delay will allow us to receive additional and more economically feasible bids. The previous bids received for a two story expansion would have required the co-op to borrow more than twice the amount originally budgeted, thereby placing a significant financial strain on the co-op.

By postponing the expansion, we will allow ourselves more time to generate additional
funds for our needed improvements, thereby reducing the amount we need to borrow and placing less financial risk on the co-op. Fundraising efforts will continue. Additionally, by postponing the expansion until May, we will bypass our busy season until the slower summer months, creating less inconvenience for our members and other customers.

In summary, we still plan on expanding the store. We expect to add an additional 800 square feet off the rear of the building. Once that portion of the expansion is completed, our parking lot will be reconfigured so that rainwater will flow away from the building instead of toward it. The new parking lot will also eliminate the rear steps and provide an ADA, handicap accessible entrance.

The interior expansion plans will include improved check-out lanes, a new larger walk-in cooler, a new produce cooler, a new freezer, and an expanded line of products. We also plan on installing a rooftop garden that will provide herbs and produce for the store.

Our final phase of the expansion will include creating a new front entrance to the store, which will be funded by utilizing City of Kent’s Facade Improvement Program.

Kent Natural Foods Co-op is doing well and is happy at our current location. We are excited about the expansion and we greatly appreciate all of your continued support.


The Facilities Committee
Kent Natural Foods Co-op, 151 E. Main St. Kent, OH 44240
KNFC Logo copy

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Vote for Board Members at Store through July 27th

VOTING IS ON for KNFC Board Positions

Seven Board Positions open.  Eight Candidates Running.  Voting takes place at the store.
1.   Jennifer Cline (staff)
2.  Anita Gontkovsky (regular volunteer)
3.  Sheila Harko (staff)
4.  Heidi Horvath (staff)
5.  Jeff Ingram (staff)
6.  Amber Myers (staff)
7.  Fred Pierre (former staff, former Board Treasurer, former Board Secretary)
8.  Elizabeth Ryan (staff)
Election will run from June 26, July 27, 2014

Ballots and Candidate Statements are at the store.  Ask a clerk.

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KNFC Annual Membership Meeting – June 22nd

Fred Fuller Park:

497 Middlebury Dr., Kent, OH  (Outdoor Pavilion #2)

6pm – 7pm    Potluck

7pm – 9pm   Meeting


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Nominations open for KNFC Board Positions

Three Board Positions open.

Election will run from June 26, July 27, 2014

Any member can nominate themselves or someone else.

Nomination Forms are at the store.  Ask a clerk.

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Annual General Membership Meeting Set

The Annual Meeting has been set for

Sunday, June 22, 6:00pm

Fred Fuller Park

497 Middlebury Dr., Kent, OH  (Outdoor Pavilion)



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Spring Green Gala Fundraiser for The Expansion was a Success

The Spring Green Gala Benefit for The KNFC Expansion was a great success!   It was a beautiful evening at The Masonic Temple on West Main Street in Kent, last Saturday, May 31.

Thank you to all who donated their time, goods, and services to the event!   It was a fantastic convergence of  elegant atmosphere, fine food, excellent company, and an exciting silent auction.  Together we raised over $1,500 for the expansion!

We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to get ready to break ground.  Architectural Drawings have been submitted and approved.  Various individuals representing different trades have been contacted and interviewed.   Financing has been approved and we’re in the last stages of planning before we begin our expansion.  We hope to hire a General Contractor at our next Board Meeting  and begin the construction in July or early August.

Stay tuned!

Masonic Temple, 409 W. Main St., Kent, OH





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Spring Newsletter Has Arrived


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Old: Kent Natural Foods Co-op Benefit at the Kent Stage

The Fundraiser and Silent Auction was very successful and raised almost $1,000 for the Kent Natural Foods Co-op. 

Thank you for participating!

Keep watching this space for more news about the expansion.

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