Demeter (she/her), a Produce Replenishment Buyer and Shift Lead, has worked at Seward Co-op’s Friendship store for much of the COVID-19 pandemic. In her role, she has experienced the ups and downs of navigating stocking a department when supply chain issues pose challenges. Despite those challenges, working at the co-op with people she cares about, in a community she’s invested in, creates opportunities for connection.
Demi was hired in Aug. 2020, a time when many of us were still adapting to pandemic life. Her previous experience of working at a co-op in Wisconsin led her to seek the “true co-op community” feel in Minneapolis, and she found it at Seward Co-op. She says being a part of a workplace where she can connect with coworkers and community members is very important to her. Demeter was aware of the co-op’s long history here in Minneapolis and was drawn to a union workplace.