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Our Mission

Anabel’s Grocery provides fresh, nutritious and affordable food for all Cornell students. Through our store and educational programs, we provide information about the connection between quality food, health, justice and sustainability. By collaborating with diverse student organizations and local food producers, our student-run, nonprofit food store is a learning lab dedicated to creating an equitable and ecologically-sound food system.

Governance

We are a not-for-profit social enterprise housed within the Center for Transformative Action CTA), an independent, education-based nonprofit 501(c)3 organization affiliated with Cornell University. As a project of CTA, Anabel’s does not have separate legal standing and is required to uphold CTA’s policies and procedures as determined by the CTA Executive Director and the CTA board of directors. CTA’s board of directors is legally responsible for all our activities. As part of CTA’s organizational structure, we have an advisory board that supports our student-led team by offering strategic and programmatic guidance,  financial oversight, and fundraising support. Once a month, advisory board members join the student team’s All-Staff meeting.  

The student team is comprised of three committees: People and Operations,  Purchasing, Sales, and Product Promotion, and Public Relations and Education.   A member of the People and Operations Committee is designated to be the liaison to the advisory board. A member of the  Purchasing, Sales and Product Promotion Committee is designated to be the liaison to CTA’s Executive Director and Operations Director. And, a member of the Public Relations and Education Committee  is designated to be the liaison to AEM 3385: Practicum in Social Entrepreneurship, a required course for all new team members.  

Our Values

We are committed to fostering Food Justice, Inclusivity, Equity, Community, and hands-on Learning.  The following Seven Agreements guide how we work together and for our community. 

  1. Assume Goodwill — Suspend judgment and “right/wrong’ thinking” to listen with curiosity, humility and with a recognition that the other also cares deeply about the work.
  2. Be Your Word Do what you said you would do. Say what you mean. Use your word to further compassion and understanding. Don’t take what others do personally, because what they do is about them, not you.  
  3. Experience the Edges Be willing to be uncomfortable, stay with the conversation, suspend judgment and listen with curiosity.
  4. Respect AutonomyBy ensuring engagement and consent and by encouraging ownership.
  5. Design for the Margins When those on the margins are taken care of we are all taken care of.
  6. Create to Regenerate Minimize waste and create in such a way that lasts–so others can follow in your footsteps.
  7. Recognize that Impact Matters — Everything we do, no matter how big or small, has an impact with ripple effects. Take the time to assess whether we are having the impact we intend. Amplify the good and “teflon” the bad. 

Anabel’s Grocery is a project of the Center of Transformative Action.