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Community Food Co-op Announces 2011 CSD Recipients
Community Shopping Days program donates 2% of one day’s sales each month to local organizations
Bellingham, Washington | December 20, 2010 – The Community Food Co-op, Bellingham’s natural cooperative grocer, announce their 2011 Community Shopping Days (CSD) recipients. Through this program deserving local organizations receive two percent of the Co-op’s sales from both stores on the third Saturday of their designated month. The program donated approximately $9,000 in 2010, and will likely double that donation total in 2011 by increasing the donation percentage from one percent to two percent.
The Co-op received 78 applications for the 2011 program. "The Co-op is very pleased to announce the roster for the 2011 Community Shopping Day program," said Laura Steiger, Community Food Co-op Outreach Coordinator. "The Community Shopping Day program is an important piece in our overall donation program and we are proud to support these organizations and the work they do to better our community."
In 2011, the Community Food Co-op’s CSD program will support the following local organizations:
• January: Amy's Place (Old Town Christian Ministries)
• February: River Farm of the Evergreen Land Trust
• March: Rainbow Recovery Center
• April: Traditional Foods and Plants Program (Northwest Indian College)
• May: Appliance Depot (ReUse Works)
• June: People For Puget Sound
• July: Food To Bank On (Sustainable Connections)
• August: Hearing Loss Association of Whatcom County
• September: Whatcom County Library Foundation
• October: United Blind of Whatcom County
• November: Local Food Works!
• December: Transition Whatcom
Residents are encouraged to shop at the Co-op on the third Saturday of each month to support these local, environmental and socially responsible groups.
"Many of our members appreciate the opportunity to support so many worthwhile local causes just by doing something they would be doing anyway – buying groceries," said Steiger.
The application period for the CSD program begins in July and ends September 1st each year. The Co-op’s Board of Directors chooses 12 local organizations with a focus on food and sustainable agriculture, peace and human rights, ecological issues, education, health and well being, and community health and social justice.
Applications for the 2012 CSD program are due to the Community Food Co-op by September 1, 2011. Those interested in finding out more about the program and how to apply are invited to check out the Co-op’s Web site, www.communityfood.coop. Applications for 2012 will be posted in July.
About the Community Food Co-op
The Community Food Co-op is a consumer-owned natural foods grocer with two locations serving Bellingham and Whatcom County with quality products. Both Community Food Co-op stores are full-service supermarkets and feature a full array of departments including certified organic produce, a deli cafe, bakery, wine shop, bulk foods, flower shop, health and wellness, mercantile area, meat and seafood market, and espresso bar. Established in 1970, the Co-op provides ongoing support for local farmers and community organizations. For more information, visit www.communityfood.coop.