Concern for Community

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 and much, much more. We’re committed to building a strong, equitable food system for all.

Currently, our community giving dollars are rebuilding and investing in our neighborhoods, addressing the hunger crisis, and uplifting our Black, Indigenous, Immigrant, Refuge and other communities of Color. We are not currently issuing in-kind donations for events or community groups, but instead focusing our resources on larger initiatives that have great impacts on our community.

Check back here for updates on the work that we’re doing in our community.

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!

In the wake of what has been an unprecedented year, our leadership team felt that we needed to adjust our 2021 Change Matters program to best address the current and most pressing needs in our community.

Changes to 2021 Change Matters:

  • We’re focusing our Change Matters efforts on two key initiatives:
    • empowering Black, Indigenous and Communities of Color; and
    • supporting organizations that are actively addressing the hunger crisis.
  • We are adding an Owner Choice month. Owners will vote on a slate of organizations to be the recipient of the December 2021 funds as a part of the 2021 Co-op Election.

2021 CHANGE MATTERS RECIPIENTS

MONTH ORGANIZATION TOTAL RAISED PRODUCT PARTNER TOTAL RAISED
January Pillsbury United Communities $10,019.67 From the Ground Up Snacks will donate 25¢ for every product sold. $126.25
February Juxtaposition Arts $9,054.21 Alaffia will donate 10% of total sales. $182.05
March Sisters Camelot $11,136.02 Equal Exchange will donate $1 for every bulk pound of Love Buzz Sold. Seven Sundays will also donate $1 for every product sold. $360.78
April Northside Residents Redevelopment Council  $11,998.16 Ferndale Market will donate 10% of total sales. $540
May Isuroon $12,149.37 Pranarom will donate 10% of total sales. $1,173.88
June North Country Food Alliance $10,409.45 JonnyPops and Big Watt will each donate 10% of total sales. $804.32
July Voices for Racial Justice Forage Kombucha will donate 10% of total sales. Bizzy Coffee will be donating $.50 for every item sold.
August Ujamaa Place Peace Coffee will donate 10% of bulk coffee sales.
September Sanctuary Covenant’s Good in the Hood Program Kalona SuperNatural will donate 10% of total sales.
October Northside Achievement Zone Gustola Granola will donate $1 per product sold.
November MIGIZI Taking Stock will donate 10% of total sales.
December Owners Choice

2020 CHANGE MATTERS RECIPIENTS

MONTH ORGANIZATION TOTAL RAISED
January The Lift Garage $13,747.05
February Mobile Menders $13,087.74
March House of Charity $14,224.53
April Second Harvest HeartlandOpen Arms of MNThe Sheridan Story $9,459.14
May Second Harvest HeartlandOpen Arms of MNThe Sheridan Story $9,797.49
June Green Card Voices $10,807.06
July Walk In Counseling Center $11,563.23
August Community Emergency Service $10,652.73
September Mission Animal Hospital
$11,071.57
October Nawayee Center School $10,541.02
November Centro De Trabajadores Unidos En La Lucha (CTUL) $10,490.82
December North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NATIFS) $11,069.85

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

MONTH BRAND TOTAL
January Gustola Granola donated $1 for every bag sold to The Lift Garage  $160
February SunLeaf Naturals donated 50¢ for every product sold to Mobile Menders $95.00
March Deane’s Kombucha donated 25¢ for every bottle sold to House of Charity $188.50
April Forage Kombucha donated 10% of total sales to Second Harvest HeartlandOpen Arms of MNThe Sheridan Story $286.81
May Bizzy Coffee donated 25¢ for every bottle sold to Second Harvest HeartlandOpen Arms of MNThe Sheridan Story $97.75
June Seven Sundays donated $1 for every item sold to Green Card Voices $205.00
July Jonny Pops donated 10% of total sales to Walk In Counseling Center $683.06
August Ferndale Market donated 10% of total sales to Community Emergency Service
$1,651.37
September Kalona SuperNatural will donate 10% of total sales to Mission Animal Hospital
$1,227.31
October Lulu Organics will donate 10% of total sales to Nawayee Center School. $54.27
November SK Coffee will donate 10% of total sales to Centro De Trabajadores Unidos En La Lucha (CTUL). $267.93
December Triple Crown BBQ Sauce will donate 50¢ for every bottle sold to North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NATIFS). $67
January 2021 From the Ground Up Snacks will donate 25¢ for every product sold to Pillsbury United Communities.
February 2021 Alaffia will donate 10% of total sales 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.