Board of Directors Candidates

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Board Candidate Claudia Goggin

Claudia Goggin: "I have been a proud Good Foods Co-op owner for more than 10 years. You can often find me shopping or having dinner at the Co-op with my family. I believe in the Co-op’s mission and understand how important it is to the community and owners.

I have enjoyed working with current board members, staff and other committed owners to move the Co- op forward and would be honored to be elected by my fellow owners to serve a full term and continue building on the great momentum we have had in recent months.

I have a strong understanding of finances from my work experience and education, and have served on the boards of local and national nonprofits for many years. I am passionate about helping the Co-op thrive and grow and have found that my skills and experience enable me to contribute significantly to the Board.

I want Good Foods to be a healthy and sustainable part of the community for many years to come!"

Board Candidate Ben Southworth

Ben Southworth: "Ben is a native of Lexington and is a lover of food, music, and agriculture. He has been a member of GleanKY's staff for three years and currently serves as the organization's Program Director, working to carry out the organization's mission of reducing hunger and food waste. He works directly with volunteers, farmers, and hunger-relief programs throughout Central Kentucky to connect excess fresh produce with those facing food insecurity.

Prior to working with GleanKY, Ben studied at The University of Kentucky, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Administration, minoring in Music Performance on the trombone. During that time, he also served as General Manager at UK’s student-run radio station, WRFL Lexington, and worked summers at For Pete’s Sake Farm.

During his free time, Ben sharpens his skills as a woodworker, and occasionally moonlights doing home renovation work.

Ben believes strongly in healthy food as abasicright,aswellastheimportance of supporting local agriculture, and is grateful for work that aligns with these beliefs. He’s also thankful for the unique and vital role Good Foods plays in Central Kentucky’s food and economic system."

Board Candidate Bo Milburn

Bo Milburn: "I live in the Southland neighborhood with my husband, our two dogs and our 22 chickens. I am in the process of finishing my Master's Degree in Community Leadership and Development at UK, focusing on entrepreneurship and it’s role in agency- building within communities. I also manage my family's business, the Locker Room Sporting Goods, a few blocks away on Lane Allen, in the same location where my grandparents opened it in 1973(thesameyeartheCo-opopened on North Mill). Good Foods and the Locker Room are in different industries, but their core components, challenges and opportunities are alike; giving me a unique perspective on the Co-op.

In order to be successful, Good Foods has to promote strong, local commerce that creates a sustainable market for local products and the people that create them. The longevity of the Co-op will be determined by it's ability to create customer loyalty through successful business practices, relationship-building and community engagement. When these goals are realized, Good Foods will be able to compete with and survive against large chains positioned within our community that are backed by national corporations, often far from Lexington. Good Foods is NOT a grocery store— it is a living, changing dynamic entity seeking the realization and promotion of a truly sustainable, affordable and local food economy through connection with its community and the producers within it.

My career and education have helped develop a perspective that would be valuable as a board member and I look forward to using it to help the Co-op thrive for years to come."

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Claudia GogginBen SouthworthBo Milburn

Vote for 2019-20 Give Where You Live partners

You may vote for up to 11 charitable organizations including a write-in organization. You can find more information about each in the links below. The top 11 organizations chosen will be our Give Where You Live partners through April 2020. The Good Foods Charitable Foundation will round out the year as the 12th organization. Our voting will end April 24 at 11:59 PM

You may research each organization's website here:

Access Language SolutionsAllegro Dance ProjectAmpersand Sexual Violence Resource CenterArbor Youth ServicesBluegrass Land ConservancyCatholic Action CenterDV8 Kitchen Vocational FoundationFirst Generation Women AchieversThe Foster Care CouncilFriends of the LibraryGleanKYGods Pantry Food BankIndependence PlaceLegal Aid of the BluegrassLexington Humane SocietyLexington Leadership FoundationNatalie's SistersOrganic Association of KentuckyPass It OnRadio EyeSeedleafShaker VillageOther (please specify below)

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