Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith

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Position: Board Member

I have been an official Co-op member for a few years, but my history goes back to my childhood when my mother would come to wash the milk bottles as part of her membership dues.  The Co-op is where my grandmother and I would go to get special ingredients for her recipes, where I got to pick up fruit leather after dance rehearsal in my teens, and where I continue to go to try new recipes and unique wholesome foods.  While my personal membership has only been a few years, I am grateful for my history with the Co-op.

As a Registered Dietitian and Ultrarunner, I love being able to find whole foods, high quality, and sustainable ingredients, and trying new foods!  I am grateful that our community has a place to find such unique gifts and ingredients that you can feel good about.  I enjoy heading to the Co-op before a big running event to stock up on various bars, drinks, and snacks.  The Co-op is one of the local businesses I encourage any traveling staff or family coming to the area.  There are many things that work well at the Co-op.  The environment is friendly, relaxed, and welcoming.  Everyone is so helpful and makes you feel comfortable.  I also am always incredibly impressed with the variety available in the space.

Aside from being a customer and member, I have not been too involved in the Co-op in the past.  I have not really known how to be more involved in past years.  However, I truly appreciate the opportunity for consideration to be part of this community and support such an amazing part of our community.

I have been looking for different ways to become more involved in our community.  The Co-op is something I would feel proud to stand behind and support.  Growing up with the Co-op I was introduced to new foods, recipes, and community.  Having the opportunity to bring those same aspects to someone else is very rewarding.  As a dietitian, it is important to me to have healthy food options, sustainable food, and access in our community.

I believe my background as a dietitian, ultra runner, and through my occupation as the SLH Director of Nutrition services, I would bring business level and personal skills to the Board of Directors.  I have a great understanding of the financial side of food and nutrition as well as the clinical aspects of nutritious foods.  More importantly, I have strong ties to this community and want to help it succeed.  I am creative, outgoing, and always willing to lend a hand.  I enjoy community outreach and events, discussing nutrition and sustainability, and am always looking for how I can support those movements.

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