Meet a Committe Member: Mary Beth Hertz

On which committee do you serve? I am secretary of the Steering Committee. What do you do for a living? I am a technology teacher in a small elementary school in North Philadelphia. How did you get involved with the food co-op? I attended the informational PSCA meeting last Spring and the rest is history! Why do you want a food co-op in South Philly? I lived and ate in a co-operative house for 4 years while at Oberlin College. I loved the way we chose what was in our kitchen, the sense of community, the focus on local, sustainable products.  I also am kind of a food snob :) I am excited to bring this kind of experience and business into my neighborhood. Why should people join a food co-op? A food co-op is unlike any other place that you will shop. As a member, you have a say in what you see on the shelves, you are part of a community of people who are invested in their community and you have a say in the direction the business takes through your vote and involvement. What is your favorite meal to cook and why? I love making soups of all kinds because they are easy, tasty and comforting. My most recent favorite was a lentil soup with sausage. I also like to make Vichyssoise (potato leek soup).