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Natural Harvest Gives Back
Contributing to strong and sustainable economic solutions for community needs, as well as providing charitable contributions to local groups, is the co-op thing to do: it is one of our co-op principles.
Annually, we give gift cards, cash, and food donations to a variety of organizations throughout the community. School fundraisers, community health & wellness events, youth programs, animal rescue organizations, art & culture enrichment efforts, environmental solution workshops, food shelves, crisis foundations, literacy programs – working with these groups and more is how we connect and strengthen our community.
Strengthening community goes beyond charitable contributions; in 2015 alone, Natural Harvest paid $124,452 to local small businesses for supplies and services and $229,404.54 to 69 different local & regional producers (10 more than in 2014). According to a National Co+op Grocers’ study, food co-ops, in general, have a more local impact than conventional grocery stores. For every dollar spent at a food co-op, $0.38 is reinvested back into the local economy compared to $0.24 at privately or investor-owned grocery stores.
We are now accepting applications for 2019.
Change Within Reach
The Change Within Reach round-up program gives consumers the chance to contribute to community organizations in a way that does not break the bank but cumulatively makes a huge impact to the recipient. Every month, a local non-profit organization is selected to be the recipient of all funds donated through the round-up program. Customers donate to the program by allowing their purchase amount to be rounded up to the next highest dollar. Since the program started in April of 2014, Natural Harvest customers have raised over $42,500; in 2016 alone over $14,500 was raised. We would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all who participate in this program.
January’s recipient is Apple Tree Learning Center.
Your contributions will provide positive learning experiences that encourage healthy development and shape the lives of children and families.
January 2018: Apple Tree Learning Center
February 2018: Mesabi Humane Society
March 2018: Ely Food Shelf & Quad Cities Food Shelf
April 2018: I.R.O.C – Iron Range Off-Road Cyclists
May 2018: Bess Metsa Garden
June 2018: I.R.P.S – Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability
July 2018: Northern Lights Music Festival
August 2018: Habitat for Humanity
September 2018: VinE – Volunteers in Education
October 2018: Iron Rangers for GMO Labeling
November 2018: Advocates for Family Peace
December 2018: AEOA Meals on Wheels