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Michael Whitman Earns Co-op’s Allen and Nan King Service Award

Lyme, New Hampshire resident Michael Whitman is the 2018 Allen and Nan King Award recipient for community service from the Hanover Co-op Food Stores. Hanover Co-op board member Anthony Roisman presented the 2018 King Award at the Co-op’s recent annual meeting, noting Whitman’s enduring commitment to community organizations and people in need. 

Those traits were exemplified by the multiple nominations Michael received. He has been a willing volunteer (and board member) for numerous programs supporting conservation, mental health, affordable housing and senior cohousing. He has served on the boards of Headrest and of Second Growth; two organizations that deal with suicide counseling and prevention in the Upper Valley. In 2015, Michael served as the honorary chair of the PADDLEPOWER fundraiser for West Central Behavioral Health to support their continuing efforts to prevent suicide. He also is the executive producer and prime motivator of a beautiful set of CDs of wonderfully consoling music by nationally famous performers (Before Their Time, The Allen and Nan King Award is now in its 22nd year and features a $500 award which recipients give to the charity of their choice.

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About Hanover Co-op Food Stores

The Hanover Co-op Food Stores—also known as the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society—is owned by more than 24,000 members. The Co-op seeks to build a well-nourished community cultivated through cooperation. From its founding in 1936 by 17 Dartmouth College professors and their spouses, the Hanover Co-op is now one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the United States. In recent years, this business has served more than 5,000 customers a day. For more than 85 years, this cooperative has stood by its founding commitment to buying locally produced food and goods. From locations in New Hampshire and Vermont, this consumer-owned business generates sales of $85 million annually from three grocery stores, a community market, and two auto service centers.