This Is How Much Menomonie Market Gave Back in Fiscal Year 2019-2020
Each year, we are pleased to support a wide variety of organizations that promote building both personal and community health. In this report, you can see our total contributions from our 2019-2020 fiscal year, including food donations made to Stepping Stones of Dunn County, monetary and product donations to organizations, funds raised for conservation efforts, and awards granted to local farmers among others.
Donations: We encourage any local organization serving the community to approach us for a donation, and we seek to honor each request as long as the purpose or event for which it is requested is non-partisan, non-electoral, enriches the community, and can be described succinctly by the organizers. This year donation recipients included L.E. Phillips Career Development Center, Community Food Table, Wednesday’s Table, Farmer to Farmer, The Community Foundation of Dunn County, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and more!
Food Rescue: Providing access to food and eliminating hunger are always at the top of our minds. To aid in these efforts, we partner with Stepping Stones of Dunn County by providing annual donations to their fundraisers, food donations from customers, including their organization as a permanent Hill O’ Beans recipient, and raising funds through our Round Up at the Register program. If you’d like to drop off a food donation for Stepping Stones on your next shopping trip, visit the front of our store and locate the pickup bin.
Fund Our Foodshed Grants: Our Fund Our Foodshed Grant program aims to support the small but often vital projects that help keep small to mid-sized farms and businesses viable and running. The grants are funded through our Round Up for Good program and direct contributions from our co-op, and recipients are selected by a committee of co-op staff and community members. Recipients of this year’s $1,500 awards were Sacred Blossom Farm of Mondovi, Harvest Moon Organics of Cadott, and L.T.D. Farm of Clayton.
Round Up For Good: All year long shoppers have the option to round up their purchases to the nearest dollar to support various causes. Recipients of this year’s round up dollars include our Fund Our Foodshed Grant winners, the UW-Stout Food Pantry, and our Double Dollars nutrition incentive program.
Hill O’ Beans: When shoppers bring a bag or mug, they receive one bean equal to 5¢ to place in a container that represents one charity or community program. Recipients of this year’s funds included Dunn County Historical Society, Friends of the Red Cedar Trail & Hoffman Hills, Menomonie Theater Guild, and many others.
Double Dollars: Double Dollars is our nutrition incentive program developed to help FoodShare users purchase more fresh produce. Vouchers are available at our co-op on Tuesdays, as funds allow, and are redeemable any time while funds are available. This year we distributed $2,680 or 536 $5 vouchers.
This article was originally published in the January/February 2021 issue of our bi-monthly newsletter, The Morsel. If you’d like to read more stories like this one and stay up to date on the latest co-op news and events, pick up a print copy in-store on your next grocery run or find more news on our website here.