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Community Involvement

The Merc Co-op supports hundreds of local schools and social services organizations every year by donating food, supplies and gift cards. The Merc Change Program also gives shoppers the opportunity to donate their pocket change to a different local community organization each month. Learn more about our donation program. 

Growing Food Growing Health (GFGH) is a project of Community Mercantile Education Foundation (CMEF), a non-profit sister organization to The Merc. CMEF is dedicated to improving the health of youth by creating school gardens that act as living classrooms, inspiring hands-on education, and connecting students to locally grown fruits and vegetables to be enjoyed in their school cafeterias. Now entering its fifth growing season, with gardens at Hillcrest Elementary, Sunset Hill Elementary, and West Middle School, GFGH currently tends over 14,000 square feet of gardens on school grounds. Visit Growing Food Growing Health to learn more.

Mainstreet Credit Union is a not-for-profit cooperative financial institution formed to provide services to the individuals who join it. Mainstreet is a major financial supporter of CMEF and has donated thousands of dollars to this Merc sister organization. As an added service to Merc customers, there is a Mainstreet branch located within The Merc.

The Lawrence Farmers Market hosts hundreds of local vendors who sell a wide variety of fresh vegetables, fruits, meat, eggs, honey, prepared foods and more. Runs the second Saturday in April through the Saturday before Thanksgiving, 7am - 11am. Visit Lawrence Farmers Market for details.
 

Rolling Prairie is the oldest Midwest vegetable cooperative. The original group of farmers joined together in 1994 providing a vegetable subscription service to Lawrence and Kansas City. Over 300 households receive a weekly bag. Visit Rolling Prairie Farmers Alliance for more information.

Board of Directors

The Merc Board of Directors is comprised of seven co-op Owners who are elected by the general ownership and serve a three-year term. Any Merc Owner can run for a board position.

Guided by a set of policy guidelines and The Merc’s Ends Statements, the board works closely with the General Manager, who provides the group with regular reports on store operations. The board is not engaged in daily store operations.

Mark Sprague

President

2010-2012
2012-2015

Jennifer Ananda

Vice President

2012 - 2013
2013 - 2016

Barbara Clark

Secretary

2009-2012
2012-2015

Ryann Waller

Treasurer

2012-2014

Mary Sundal

Board Member

2011-2014

Kristin Werner

Board Member

2013-2016

Kelly Barth

Board Member

2012-2015

Steering Team

Rita York Hennecke

General Manager

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Brian Phillips

Operations Manager

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Zac Hamlin

Human Resource Manager

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Stacie Doyle

Marketing Manager

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Jason Lovell

Finance Manager

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Nancy O'Connor

Director of Education & Outreach

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Invest in Your Co-op Own It with a Share of Equity

Become an Owner of The Merc Co-op and join more than 6,800 of your friends and neighbors by investing in a local business that provides a reliable source of healthy, local and organic foods and products while also supporting the sustainability and well-being of our community.

The Merc's Ends Policies

Because of the Merc Co-op there will be a reliable source of Healthy Local and Organic foods and products at reasonable costs.


1. There will be social and economic networks that encourage community and a sense of connection to others.

2. There will be an organization that exemplifies environmental, economic, and social sustainability.

3. There will be a just and sustainable local food system in our region.

4. Our community will be better educated about issues related to food and health.

5. There will be a thriving cooperative grocery store that is responsive and beneficial to its Owners.

6. There will be a source of employment in the community that provides personal satisfaction, career opportunities, livable wages and benefits to employees.

7. Our community will understand the value of cooperative enterprises and principles and have a vibrant cooperative sector in the economy.