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!

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

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
January 2021 Pillsbury United Communities
February 2021 Juxtaposition Arts

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.


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 the year as we reevaluate how we can best meet the needs of our community. Please check back here in January 2021 for updated request guidelines and application.