While we have not put BuyingClubSoftware.com to work yet, the idea of ordering food being the seed of community is what this story says to me. A group that has worked hard and created a community of their own, getting a donation like this from an interested party is a big game changer.
The donation was a building with about 4,700 square feet(we currently use 600 square feet we share with others), rent-free for 5 years, and $40,000 for renovations. We have to pay the expenses and taxes, and actually do the necessary renovations, but this person has provided the opportunity that we are happy to be a part of.
This, and using software like BuyingClubSoftware.com to run larger orders is where we are headed. Thank you Donald Sussman, and thank you to everyone who has been a part of growing the Portland Food Co-op. Here we go!