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BRATTLEBORO — In January, the Brattleboro Food Co-op Board of Directors declared a patronage refund of $120,000, marking the first patronage and profit declared since 2012 for the local food co-op.

“Our success allows us to return a portion of our profit to all eligible shareholders, recirculating important capital back into our community,” Jerelyn Wison, BFC Board president, said in a statement. “Our co-op will distribute $120,000 of its earnings for the year ending June 27, 2021 to its Shareholder owners. The $480,000 of remaining patronage dollars will be retained for the capital needs of our Co-op … All money left on registers by April 1, 2022 will be donated to Groundworks Collaborative.”

The co-op’s shareholders chose to contribute $19,461 of patronage to Groundworks Collaborative, a local nonprofit that works with people and systems creating solutions to end hunger and homelessness in the region.

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