As a co-op, we love to share the good news of our fellow retail food cooperatives doing good for their communities.
The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) is an advocate for the retail food industry. The FMI 2013 Community Outreach Awards honor “large and small retailers for the life enriching programs they offer to their respective communities.” The awards address “three categories of programs addressing food insecurity, youth development initiatives and neighborhood health improvements programs.”
Programs Addressing Food Insecurity: PCC Natural Market in Seattle, WA
About the program: Shoppers contribute cash donations and reusable bag rebates to fund the purchase of bulk food, which is repackaged at bi-monthly parties at ten partner food pantries. On average, the PCC Food Bank Program annually provides almost 7,200 pounds of food to each of its ten partner food banks.
Neighborhood Health Improvement Programs: Frist Alternative Co-op in Corvallis, WA
About the program: Shoppers using reusable bags are rewarded by getting to vote which charity will receive a donation from First Alternative Co-op. Over the course of the year, sixteen charities receive a proportional donation. Since the program’s inception in 2006, First Alternative has donated almost $80,000 to local organizations.
See the full list of FMI 2013 Community Outreach Award winners here.