Hanover's Kay Litten Honored for Co-op Contributions

Litten Honored As Northeast Cooperator of The Year

Kay Litten of Hanover has been named the 2017 “Neighboring Co-operator” by the Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA) at its sixth annual meeting. 

The annual award acknowledges individuals for special contributions to the advancement of the NFCA and of the wider co-operative movement in the Northeast.

A former Board Member and past President of the Hanover Co-op Food Stores (Hanover Consumer Co-operative Society) of New Hampshire and Vermont, Kay was elected to the NFCA Board of Directors in 2012 and went on to serve two terms. She was recognized as a tireless participant in and advocate for the association, which includes more than 35 food co-ops and start-up initiatives across New England and New York.

"Kay may have set the gold standard for involvement as a Board Member from one of our member co-ops serving on the NFCA Board," said NFCA President Suzette Snow-Cobb. "Kay's dedication and persistent championing of her home co-op and all of our food co-ops has been inspiring."

As a co-operative federation, the NFCA is overseen by a Board of Directors made up of General Managers, Staff, and Board Members elected by and from among its member food co-ops.

"Our growth and success is, in large part, thanks to the commitment of our Board of Directors," said Erbin Crowell, Executive Director of the NFCA. "Kay's feedback, guidance and support will be greatly missed by staff, and we look forward to keeping her involved in other ways as we move forward."

Kay Litten joins Alex Gyori and Terry Appleby, former General Managers respectfully of Brattleboro Food Co-op and Hanover Co-op Food Stores, as previous recipients of the award. 

Individuals and organizations are invited to make a tax-deductible contribution in honor of Kay to the Bowers Fund, which supports training and education for food co-op staff, managers, and board members: www.cdf.coop/nfca.

The Neighboring Food Co-op Association includes more than 35 food co-ops and start-up initiatives, locally owned by over 100,000 people across New England and New York.

About Hanover Co-op Food Stores

The Hanover Co-op Food Stores—also know 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 has grown to become the oldest and second largest of its kind in the United States. Today, the Co-op serves more than 5,000 customers each day. For more than 80 years, the Co-op has maintained a stated commitment to buying locally produced food. With locations in New Hampshire and Vermont, this cooperative generates sales of more than $70 million annually from its three grocery stores, community market and auto service center.

Hanover Co-op Food Stores
Administrative Offices
2 Buck Road, Suite N
Hanover, NH 03755