This Month’s Recipient
Duluth Community Garden Program
“We work towards a healthy community for all Duluthians by making gardening accessible to anyone seeking to increase their access to fresh produce by providing gardening space in our 21 community gardens with 200 plots, gardening education to support gardener success, a gardening tool and food processing equipment library, and annual events that build social connections. Plot rental is on a sliding scale from $0-$200/year. In 2020, about 70% of our gardeners paid a reduced plot fee based on income. As a result, we need to seek out extra support to make up for the cost of subsidizing plots.”
New in 2021: Every shopper round up donation will be split 50/50 to benefit our Non-Profit Support Program and our new Grow Local Food Fund.
The Grow Local Food Fund works to increase the supply of local, sustainable, and organic food by supporting projects that strengthen the local farming and food producer community. A grant, funded by shopper round up donations, will be awarded to farmers and food producers located within the Lake Superior Bioregion in the spring and fall. Similar programs at our Co-op partners have helped food producers with the purchase of equipment and tools, improvements to packing sheds and other facilities and purchases that increase productivity or efficiency.
Applications for 2021 are now closed. Check back in August for 2022 application.
JANUARY // Duluth Branch NAACP
The Health Committee fulfills the NAACP’s commitment to eliminating the racial and ethnic disparities in our healthcare system that plague people of color in the United States.
FEBRUARY // Safe Haven Shelter and Resource Center
Providing safety, space to heal, advocacy, and empowerment for women, children and all survivors of domestic violence.
Providing emergency shelter, food, and street outreach throughout Duluth. Whole Foods Co-op bands together with 15+ Co-ops in March to raise money for Minnesota food shelves.
Habitat for Humanity repairs older homes to make them safer and more accessible, so homeowners can stay in their homes, where they enjoy a higher quality of life, and live longer.
MAY // Hartley Nature Center
Using our expansive ecological and biological diversity to teach the region about sustainable and responsible land stewardship and water protection.
JUNE // Whole Foods Co-op Access Discount
Helping to reduce cost barriers by giving shoppers enrolled in Minnesota food assistance programs a 10% discount on purchases. In 2020, the Co-op provided over $60,000 to 373 individual and families with limited means.
JULY // Duluth Community Garden Program
Making gardening accessible to anyone through 21 community gardens with 200 plots.
AUGUST // WE Health Clinic
Our vision is that every individual controls their own sexual and reproductive health.
SEPTEMBER // Sustainable Farming Association, Lake Superior chapter (LSSFA)
Supporting the development and enhancement of sustainable farming systems through farmer-to-farmer networking, innovation, demonstration and education.
OCTOBER // Family Freedom Center
Engage, empower, and educate the Black community by connecting entrepreneurs with business leaders and more.
NOVEMBER // Ecolibrium3
Building community sustainability and resiliency through projects like the Lincoln Park Solar Garden
Centering Indigenous values in all aspects of our work like reclaiming healthy and Indigenous foods.