December Newsletter

As we celebrate the winter holidays in a whole new way this year, know that the Co-op is still here for you. We are digging in on safety, reflecting on lessons from this year, and gearing up to bring you the best version of our sweet store in 2021. Wishing you all a safe and joyous season. See you soon in the store or at pick up!

Stay safe,
Community Engagement Manager

Supporting Food Security

Check out this month’s Board Meeting (tomorrow evening!) and hear from Small Things Matter’s Roxanne Yamashita. Roxanne will talk about this all volunteer non-profit organization that is feeding more than 1,000 families, many right from the Co-op’s parking lot.

The entire Board meeting, including the conversation with Roxanne, is accessible by zoom via this link or via phone at 301.715-8592. The meeting ID is 859 5803 4272.

Whether or not you can attend, we hope you will consider making a donation to Small Things Matter through GoFundMe, PayPal (, venmo (thesmallthingsmatter), or by check made out to Small Things Matter, 14516 Bauer Drive, Rockville, MD 20853. 100% of the funds raised will be used to purchase supplemental food for families and individuals.

Have a stress-free holiday and get your shopping done early. As you prepare for the holidays, know that we are ready for you! We’ve stocked up on essentials so you can plan to shop early for items that will last in your pantry or fridge. Shopping early helps us serve everyone safely during this busy time in the store.

You have options for how to shop!

We know it’s on your mind and want to let you know that it’s on ours too. We are working hard to ensure a safe shopping experience for you. In addition to following state and county rules about masks and capacity, we are:

  • strictly limiting the number of shoppers in the store
  • requiring every shopper to use hand sanitizer or gloves upon entry
  • sanitizing baskets and carts after every use, other high-touch areas frequently
  • offering pick up for online orders away from the front of the store

Human Resources in the Time of a Pandemic | Irene Cox

The pandemic brought on so many unforeseen challenges for staff. First, the store was record busy. And then, with the roll out of online ordering, our current staff had to pivot and, without any training, work in completely new roles. … Read more.

Affordable Options–How the Coop Works to Maintain a Diverse Supply of Fairly-Priced Goods? | Bob Gibson

Due to our small footprint, and our focus on healthy, organic, and locally-sourced foods, TPSS Co-op may never be known as the lowest cost food store in the D.C. area. But Co-op staff work hard to find and provide products throughout the store that are affordable for all shoppers – especially those on a budget – without sacrificing the store’s commitment to quality and environmental sustainability. … Read more.

This winter, try a new holiday tradition and support our wonderful Takoma restaurants! We love that you love to cook, but all our local businesses need your support. Plus, there are so many delicious options, from family meals to snacks. Try something new!