In 2012, the Food Co-op Beans for Bags program topped the $8K mark, a new record. The total donated this year was $8,056.80.
Since its inception in 2008, the program has given Co-op member/owners the choice of receiving either a nickel refund for each container or bag they bring for their groceries, or a bean worth five cents which they can drop in their choice of glass gallon jars designated for three local non-profit organizations.
One of those three non-profit organizations is always the county food bank. The other two choices come from nominations made by the member/owners themselves. Those organizations typically serve local schools including Head Start. Other organizations served have been the local NAMI chapter, homeless shelter, animal shelter, public library, hospice, a free clinic, United Good Neighbors, local farmer support, Habitat for Humanity, and an abused women’s shelter, among others.
In the last five years, the Food Co-op has given back a total of $37,845.19 to the community through this program. We thank our Co-op shoppers for their generosity this year and every year.