Prairie Food Co-op Community Grocery

Maria Vaccaro


  • Hometown: Lombard
  • Owner #: 531
  • Term: Elected 2020. 1st term ends June 2023.
  • Contact Maria

Why are you interested in serving on the Prairie Food Board of Directors?

I would like to volunteer to help grow the co-op and lend any expertise to this organization.


Employment: Please tell us about your Past or Present Employment

Founder of Vaccaro & Associates, we are an industry-leading consulting firm in the small business sector committed to helping our clients achieve their goals of business expansion. I just completed a one-year commitment as CEO of Poly Energy, a South Carolina based solar contractor. I am not leading a team opening operations in Illinois in solar and energy efficiency consultants called Muddy Megawatts Energy Consultants.


Volunteer: Membership/Affiliations past and present:

I was a long term volunteer and leader in Cubs Scouts and Girl Scouts including the role of Cubmaster. For 8 years I held various positions in my local PTA where I served as President and VP of Fundraising for Butterfield Elementary in Lombard.


Which of the following areas do you have expertise?

Management, Fundraising, Marketing/Public Relations, Event Planning, Finance


What experience, education, and skills do you have that you feel will contribute to your effectiveness as a Prairie Food Director?

As a small business consultant, the majority of my work has been to grow and foster small businesses in growth and stability. For 6 years prior to opening my firm, I ran a local non for profit called Everyone Reading Illinois that assisted kids and adults with learning disabilities. I believe my vast background in business can help the coop move forward in its goals,


What are your personal goals for Prairie Food Co-op?

I have been very excited about the coop since 2016 when I became an owner. I cannot wait for us to open the store. Now that I have more time on my hands I would like to get back to community involvement projects.

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