Supporting our community with donations to a new non-profit each month, as elected by Co-op Owners each fall in the annual ballot. This program has supported Life House, Men as Peacemakers, CHUM Food Shelf and many more important non-profits doing critical work in our community.
In 2023 it is anticipated that participating organizations could receive donations of $4,000-5,500.
Non-partisan and non-sectarian 501(c)(3) designated nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to organizations that serve the Twin Ports area of Duluth, MN, and Superior, WI. Applicant organizations must be engaged in activities that address one or more of the following funding priorities:
– Environmental Stewardship
– Equity and Diversity
– Food Access
– Local Food Economy
This Month’s Recipient:
Whole Foods Co-op Access Discount Program
“Whole Foods Co-op believes that quality food should be available to everyone, but we also understand that the cost of quality food can seem out of reach for some. Our Access Discount offers Co-op Owners enrolled in Minnesota food assistance programs a 10% discount on ALL purchases, making healthful choices more attainable.”
During the month of June, 100% of the donations will go to WFC Access Discount Program.
Learn more at wholefoods.coop/access.
JULY 2022 // Planned Parenthood
Supporting community access to reproductive health resources. The funds for this campaign will directly support the Twin Ports Teen Council.
AUGUST 2022 // Family Freedom Center
Empowering the Black community by reconstructing socio-cultural narratives and unapologetically embracing what it means to be Black, both historically and present day.
SEPTEMBER 2022 // Duluth Farm To School
Supporting accessibility and healthy choices by including local produce in school cafeterias and K-12 lessons, increasing understanding of where food comes from and how it’s grown.
OCTOBER 2022 // Center Against Sexual & Domestic Abuse, Inc. (CASDA)
Providing comprehensive help to victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. Based in Superior, Wisconsin.
NOVEMBER 2022 // The American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO)
Changing the narrative in our community, by asserting our political and cultural ties to the land and forging a commitment to build sustainable, community-owned practices.
DECEMBER 2022 // Animal Allies Humane Society
Improving the well-being of animals in the Duluth and surrounding communities through education, adoption, and spay/ neuter programs. Funds to stock local food shelves with pet food and supplies.
JANUARY 2022 // Life House
Providing homeless and at-risk youth with a safe alternative to the streets through emergency shelter, transitional and supportive housing, and comprehensive supportive services.
FEBRUARY 2022 // Loaves & Fishes Housing Inc.
Creating a refuge for those in need for more than 30 years. Donations support the installation of a solar array on one of their homes.
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.
APRIL 2022 // St. Louis River Alliance
Envisioning a clean and healthy river with a thriving ecology, economy, and community. As river stewards St. Louis River Alliance is the voice of the river, working to protect, restore and enhance the St. Louis River.
MAY 2022 // Duluth Community Garden Program
Cultivating healthy neighborhoods by providing access to land, resources, and community for all through 21 community gardens with 200 plots throughout Duluth.
JUNE 2022 // Whole Foods Co-op Access Discount
Helping reduce cost barriers by giving Co-op Owners enrolled in Minnesota food assistance programs a 10% discount on purchases. In 2021, the Co-op Access Discount provided over $66,000 to 392 individuals and families with limited means.