First lets start with our new name. As many of you already know we are now using the name The Green Apple. The board applied to the State of Michigan last summer to do business as The Green Apple and we have their ap- proval. The reasoning was that The Pantry was too specific for our community. We wanted a name that included all of the services and programs we provide. Since the green apple was in our logo it seemed to be the obvious choice. The board is currently working with a free lance artist to make the necessary changes. We plan to keep the green and orange color scheme and will have new brochure and stationery by the first of February.
Next came a new vision and mission statement. See above.
We have a new team! Nancy Cromley became our new Executive Director in July, next came Lauren Wyngarden, she is our Marketing Coordinator, and finally this month Karen Chaffee, who is our new Fresh Market Coordinator. Thankfully Yoli has remained constant. She is the glue that binds this team together.
Stop in to see the changes in our Fresh Market. I believe it is much more inviting. This has been well received and our neighbors are shopping there more often. Neighbors remember, stop at the Fresh Market before heading to the grocery store. We feature local, in season produce at half the retail price.
During the Holiday break we re-arranged our furniture! We wanted to showcase our beautiful mural and lessen the clutter that was seen when first entering the building. If you haven’t already, stop in and take a peek…I think you will like the change.
We now have a new pantry van, due to a generous donation from 2 community members. Thank you! Our van was a 2008 and the box truck was a 2000. Thankfully we no longer have to worry about the condition of our vehicles
The holidays are now behind us, and we are focused on the new year, new programming, new staff, and new ideas. Thank you to everyone, every church, every business and organization who contributed to the success of the past holiday season. Your generous contributions went a long way in insuring that our neigh- bors had a wonderful holiday season. We received 150 turkeys and enough holiday food to make a difference in the lives of the neighbors that we serve.