Events at KNFC

Current KNFC Board

At the August Board Meeting, officers were elected as follows.

President – Becca Zak

Vice President – Anita Gontkovsky

Secretary – Fred Pierre

Treasurer – John Gargan


Other Board Members are

Elizabeth Ryan – Staff

Jeff Ingram – Staff

MaryJayne Stone – Staff (New)

Ben Faulhaber – Staff (New)

Barb Withee – Staff (New)


We’d like to thank Sam Brandon for serving as our President!

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Co op Members welcome to attend Board Meetings

All KNF Co-op Members are welcome to attend Board Meetings.  Meetings are held on the 3rd Sunday of every month at The FJ Kluth Gallery, 300 N. Water St. in Downtown Kent.

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Welcome new Board Member, Keara Gleason!

At the Board Meeting last Sunday, September 27,  officers were elected.  Here’s the results:

President:  Fred Pierre

Vice President:  Anita Gontkovsky

Secretary:  Jennifer Cline

Treasurer:  John Gargan

There are plenty of committee positions that need filled.  Please contact Board Member Jeff Ingram (330-673-2878), if you’re a member and would like to serve on one of the following committees.

Facilities, Personnel, Membership, Outreach, Finance


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Board Member Election Results

August 19, 2015

The votes have been counted.

John Gargan and Keara Gleason have been elected to serve a two year term.  Welcome Keara! and Welcome Back John!

The Current Kent Natural Foods Board

  • Elizabeth Ryan
  • Amber Myers
  • John Gargan
  • Fred Pierre
  • Keara Gleason
  • Heidi Horvath
  • Anita Gontkovsky
  • Jennifer Cline
  • Jeff Ingram

Thanks to all who stopped by the store and took time to vote!

The Next Board Meeting is Sunday, September 20, 7pm at The FJ Kluth Gallery, 300 N. Water St., Downtown Kent.  All Co-op Members welcome.




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“The Biology of Belief” Conference/Workshop w Bruce Lipton, Ph.D. (2 Days)

bruceliptonpicbruce-lipton-biology-of-beliefDr. Bruce Lipton will be presenting a conference and workshop for two days, September 10 & 11.

Thursday, September 10, 6-9pm. Presentation, Question and Answer. Reception with Cash Bar and light hors d’ouvres. Northeast Ohio Medical Center(NeoMed) Ballroom. State Rt 44. Rootstown, OH

Friday, September 11, 11am-3pm. Presentation and Herrick Conservatory Greenhouse Tour. Starts at KIVA Auditorium, Risman Plaza. Kent State University. Then proceeds to the Herrick Conservatory Greenhouse behind Cunningham Hall.

This Special Event is a Fund Raiser for the Kent Natural Foods Co-op Expansion Project

More Info: 330-673-2878


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Special General Member Meeting Sunday, July 26, 7pm

To the Co-op Membership,

There will be a special annual meeting on Sunday, July 26 at 7pm at The FJ Kluth Gallery, 300 N. Water St., Downtown Kent.

Items on the agenda.

1. Expanding the 1st floor of the Co-Op store according to Board approved plans.

2. Examine future expansion plans near the old courthouse.

3. Discuss a letter to Dr. Reeves about a possible future purchase of his property adjacent to our current store.


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“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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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
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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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