Concern for Community

Cooperatives are guided by seven main principles. Principle seven is concern for community. As a co-op, we strive every day to work for the sustainable development of our neighborhood and community through policies accepted by our ownership.

Over the last four decades, our grant programs, food donations, paid staff volunteer service hours and other giving projects have built community gardens, fed hungry families, brought local produce into our kids’ classrooms, expanded fresh food access for SNAP-EBT users, and much, much more.

Change Matters

Our Change Matters program makes it easy for shoppers to help local community-enrichment organizations by making small change donations at the registers that add up to meaningful contributions. Shoppers can round up their totals at the Wedge Lyndale, Wedge Table and Linden Hills Co-op!

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020 calendar year. Please check back here in August of 2020 for the 2021 proposal guidelines and application.

2020 Change Matters Recipients

January The Lift Garage
February Mobile Menders
March House of Charity
April Green Card Voices
May Walk In Counseling Center
June Community Emergency Service
July Mission Animal Hospital
August Nawayee Center School
September Centro De Trabajadores Unidos En La Lucha (CTUL)
October North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NATIFS)
November Pilsbury United Communities
December Juxtaposition Arts

2019 Change Matters Recipients and Product Partners 

January Upstream Arts TOTAL RAISED $12,637.52
February TC Food Justice TOTAL RAISED $9,515.79
March Minnesota FoodShare TOTAL RAISED $13,509.79
April The Aliveness Project TOTAL RAISED $13,626.12
May Tubman TOTAL RAISED $14,891.56
June Canine Inspired Change $14,414.52
July Hopewell Music Cooperative North $14,028.05
August Midwest Food Connection $12,373.10
September Friends of the Mississippi River $12,735.79
October  My Very Own Bed $14,188.74
November Open Arms of Minnesota $14,097.79
December Center School $15,484.28

January: Peace Coffee donated 25¢ for every pound or package sold to Upstream Arts for $490 in total.
February: Seven Sundays donated 50¢ to TC Food Justice for every product sold, for a total of $100.
March: Fizzeology donated $1.00-1.50 to Minnesota FoodShare for every pint and quart sold, for a total of $103.
April: Ames Honey will donate 50¢ to The Aliveness Project for every 9 oz. and 18 oz. jar sold, for a total of $53.50.
May: Seven Sundays will donate 50¢ to Tubman for every product sold, for a total of $233.50.
June: Forage Kombucha will donate 10% of total sales to Canine Inspired Change, for a total of $350.
July: WiscoPop! will donate 50¢ to Hopewell Music for every Ginger Sparkle 4 pk. sold, for a total of $48.
August: Gustola Granola will donate $1 to Midwest Food Connection for every package sold, for a total of $230.
September: Pranarom will donate 10% of total sales to Friends of the Mississippi River, for a total of $1,123.
October: Feral Kombucha will donate 10% of total sales to My Very Own Bed, for a total of $214.87.
November: Humble Nut Butter will donate 25¢ to Open Arms of Minnesota for each product sold for a total of $12.25.
December: B & E’s Trees Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup will donate $1 to Center School  for every half-pint sold for a total of $43.

Thank you for your support! Together we raised  $145,731.87 for our 2018 Change Matters Recipients!

January Frogtown Farm TOTAL RAISED $9,536.70
February Land Stewardship Project TOTAL RAISED $8,359.04
March Minnesota FoodShare TOTAL RAISED $13,010.87
April Tanka Fund TOTAL RAISED $13,222.54
May Midwest Food Connection TOTAL RAISED $12,296.01
June Appetite for Change  TOTAL RAISED $12,970.78
July Herbivorous Acres TOTAL RAISED $12,603.58
August The Sheridan Story TOTAL RAISED $13,514.74
September Pajama Pride TOTAL RAISED $13,042.80 
October St. Stephens zAmya Theater Project TOTAL RAISED $10,304.56
November Open Arms of Minnesota  TOTAL RAISED $13,012.34
December The Food Shelf at Hennepin County Medical Center TOTAL RAISED $13,857.91

Donations Request

The Wedge and Linden Hills Co-ops support community events with donations in the form of $50 gift cards. These can be used as prizes, silent auction items or to purchase food for the event. We do not donate food or deli items. Requests must be made at least two months prior to the date needed.

We give preference to organizations and events whose mission relates to cooperatives, environmental sustainability, food, or agriculture. In addition, we give preference to other organizations and events that serve or benefit communities served by our co-ops. Non-profit (501c3) status is preferred but not required. Organizations are eligible for one donation per year.

Please use our contact page to send your request. Select “donation request” from the drop down menu and include the following information:

Name and contact information (email and/or phone number)

Organization name, website, email, phone number, and address

Non-profit 501c3 status

Event date(s)*

Brief description of event and who it benefits

How our co-ops will be acknowledged

Local Partners

At the Wedge and Linden Hills Co-ops, we cultivate relationships with local growers, producers, educators, food justice advocates and change-makers for a more sustainable world. We show our commitment to these communities through the support of our many local partners:

True Food Chef Council

The True Food Chef Council is a partnership between MPS’s Culinary and Nutrition Services and the Minneapolis restaurant community that pioneers new school recipes, engages with students in lunchrooms, and raises awareness about healthy eating habits. The Wedge is a proud member of the Chef Council, and collaborates with other members to promote MPS’s commitment to direct sourcing of local foods, scratch cooking and healthy eating.

True Food Taste Tests

Each year MPS’s elementary and middle schools host three lunchtime taste tests that expose students to new recipes, and encourages them to be adventurous eaters and think critically about their food. The Wedge and Linden Hills Co-ops are the primary sponsor for the True Food Taste Tests, an important way to foster lifelong healthy eating habits in kids from an early age.