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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 July 2020 for the 2021 proposal guidelines and application. 2021 applications will be due September 1.

COVID-19 Update

As thousands of people in our community are affected by the rapid changes due to the spread of COVID-19, our co-op is actively trying to respond to the immediate needs of the community however we can.

During April and May, round-up donations will support several organizations who are providing food options for families affected by COVID-19.

2020 Change Matters Recipients

January The Lift Garage TOTAL RAISED $13,747.05
February Mobile Menders TOTAL RAISED $13,087.74
March House of Charity TOTAL RAISED $14,224.53
April Second Harvest HeartlandOpen Arms of MNThe Sheridan Story TOTAL RAISED $9,459.14 
May Second Harvest HeartlandOpen Arms of MNThe Sheridan Story
June Green Card Voices
July Walk In Counseling Center
August Community Emergency Service
September Mission Animal Hospital
October Nawayee Center School
November Centro De Trabajadores Unidos En La Lucha (CTUL)
December North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NATIFS)
January 2021 Pilsbury United Communities
February 2021 Juxtaposition Arts

2020 CHANGE MATTERS PRODUCT PARTNERS – HELPING TO INCREASE OUR REGISTER ROUND UP DONATIONS

January: Gustola Granola will donate $1 for every bag sold to The Lift Garage for a total of $160.
February: SunLeaf Naturals will donate 50¢ for every product sold to Mobile Menders for a total of $95.
March: Deane’s Kombucha will donate 25¢ for every bottle sold to House of Charity for a total of $188.50.
April: Forage Kombucha will donate 10% of total sales to Second Harvest HeartlandOpen Arms of MNThe Sheridan Story for a total of $286.81.
May: Bizzy Coffee with donate 25¢ for every bottle sold to Second Harvest HeartlandOpen Arms of MNThe Sheridan Story.
June: Kalona SuperNatural will donate 10% of total sales to Green Card Voices.
July: Jonny Pops will donate 10% of total sales to Walk In Counseling Center.
August: Ferndale Market will donate 10% of total sales to Community Emergency Service.
September: Seven Sundays will donate $1 for every item sold to Mission Animal Hospital.
October: Lulu Organics will donate 10% of total sales to Nawayee Center School.
November: SK Coffee will donate 10% of total sales to Centro De Trabajadores Unidos En La Lucha (CTUL).
December: Triple Crown BBQ Sauce will donate 50¢ for every bottle sold to North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NATIFS).
January 2021: From the Ground Up Snacks will donate 25¢ for every product sold to Pilsbury United Communities.
February 2021: TBD Product Partner will donate to 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

2019 CHANGE MATTERS PRODUCT PARTNERS – HELPING TO INCREASE OUR REGISTER ROUND UP DONATIONS
January: Peace Coffee donated 25¢ for every pound or package sold to Upstream Arts for a total of $490.
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 donated 50¢ to The Aliveness Project for every 9 oz. and 18 oz. jar sold, for a total of $53.50.
May: Seven Sundays donated 50¢ to Tubman for every product sold, for a total of $233.50.
June: Forage Kombucha donated 10% of total sales to Canine Inspired Change, for a total of $350.
July: WiscoPop! donated 50¢ to Hopewell Music for every Ginger Sparkle 4 pk. sold, for a total of $48.
August: Gustola Granola donated $1 to Midwest Food Connection for every package sold, for a total of $230.
September: Pranarom donated 10% of total sales to Friends of the Mississippi River, for a total of $1,123.
October: Feral Kombucha donated 10% of total sales to My Very Own Bed, for a total of $214.87.
November: Humble Nut Butter donated 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 donated $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-op is a proud supporter of hundreds of community events at local schools, neighborhood groups and non-profits each year. Our donation program is currently on hold for the remainder of our fiscal year as we revamp the program and evaluate how we can best meet the needs of our community.
Please check back here in July 2020 for updated request guidelines and application form.

Local Partners

We cultivate relationships with local growers, producers, educators, food justice advocates, community builders and change-makers for a more sustainable world. Our co-op is committed to building a healthy community and supporting the organizations that do important work in our neighborhoods and beyond. Here’s a handful of our local partners:

Minneapolis Public School’s True Food Taste Tests

Each year MPS’s elementary and middle schools host three lunchtime taste tests that expose students to new recipes and encourage them to be adventurous eaters and think critically about their food. The Wedge and Linden Hills Co-op is the primary sponsor of the True Food Taste Tests, providing crucial funding to bring these taste tests to 45 Minneapolis schools and 22,000 local kids per year.

The Coven

The Coven is a community and shared workspace for women, non-binary and trans people in Minneapolis and St Paul. They are committed to “doing the most good” and creating a more just and equitable community in the Twin Cities. We’re proud to provide healthy, local and organic food for their community.

Friends of the Linden Hills Library

Friends of Linden Hills Library is a volunteer-run organization that serves as ambassadors for the library and advocates for community needs. Every spring, Linden Hills Co-op hosts a book drive for their annual book sale that raises important funds to keep the local library up and running.

The Aliveness Project

The Aliveness Project was founded as a community center for and driven by people living with HIV. For over 30 years, they have been facilitating connection to community, offering nutrition & wellness services, and linking their members to resources to lead fulfilling & healthy lives. We’re proud to support The Aliveness Project through food drives and other initiatives throughout the year.

Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association

LHENA​ exists to provide a structure for neighborhood leadership, offer avenues of participation, promote shared resources, and carry forward a shared vision of our beloved community. We partner with LHENA on a neighborhood composting program that provides municipal composting access to our apartment-dwelling neighbors at the Wedge.

Learn more about the composting program here

Local Food Shelves

We’re proud to partner with Joyce Uptown Food Shelf, Groveland Food Shelf, First Nations Kitchen, Sister’s Camelot and others to increase food access and reduce food waste through regular food donations from our grocery stores and distribution warehouse.

Animal Sanctuaries

The Wedge Co-op donates culled produce on a weekly basis to the pigs at Herbivorous Acres and Farmaste Animal Sanctuary.