Meet a Committee Member: Stephanie Rupertus



On which committee do you serve?

I am a member of the Outreach committee and most recently became part of the Board of Directors.

What do you do for a living?

I work in training and leadership development for a corporation in Center City.  I specifically work in onboarding, making sure that new hires have the tools, resources, and training they need to be successful in their new roles with the company.

How did you get involved with the food co-op?

My neighbor and partner-in-crime, Marsha Shiflet, knocked on my door and told me about the start up of a co-op in April 2010. I've been involved ever since.

Why do you want a food co-op in South Philly?

I love food! Buying it, cooking it, and eating it. Where I buy my food and what I eat is very important to me. I can't wait until I have a store in my neighborhood that I can have access to everyday to purchase the ingredients that I need and I feel good about who I am supporting.

Why should people join a food co-op?

There are many reasons to join a co-op.  For me, it's about the food. I would encourage people to join SPFC because we will provide the community with a place to purchase organic and local foods and be a place where they can play an integral role in ensuring the quality of the food and products that their hard-earned money goes towards.

What is your favorite meal to cook and why?

I don't have a favorite meal to cook (in fact, I rarely cook the same meal twice) but I love simple and fresh foods and I'm partial to Mediterranean cuisine.  My perfect meal is bread and olive oil, cheese, roasted vegetables, olives, and hummus.