Cornelius Blanding, Executive Director, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund,
2023 Neighboring Co-operator Award recipient
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At our 12th Annual Meeting in 2023, the NFCA honors Cornelius Blanding, Executive Director of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives / Land Assistance Fund, in appreciation of his leadership, commitment, and partnership as our associations have worked to build equitable trade relationships between Black-led co-ops in the U.S. South and food co-ops in the Northeast, expand access to education and training, grow awareness of the co-operative movement, and advocate for policies that support co-op development and efforts for social and economic justice.
Past recipients of the award have included Alex Gyori, former General Manager of Brattleboro Food Co-op (VT); Terry Appleby, General Manager of Hanover Co-op Food Stores (NH & VT); Kay Litten, NFCA Board Member and longtime Director of Hanover Co-op Food Stores (NH & VT), Roger Noonan, President of the New England Farmers Union; Patrice Lockert Anthony, President of GreenStar Co-op Markets (NY); Joanne Todd, Director at Willimantic Food Co-op (CT) and CEO, Northeast Family Credit Union; JQ Hannah, Assistant Director at Food Co-op Initiative (FCI), and Glenn Lower, former General Manager of Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op (VT).