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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.
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.
Change Within Reach Program
Our Change Within Reach 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 on the recipient. Every month, a local non-profit organization is selected to be the recipient of all funds donated through the program. Customers donate 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 $77,700; in 2018 alone over $17,000 was raised. We would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all who participate in this program.
Are you affiliated with a non-profit organization that would benefit from our Change Within Reach program? If your organization is registered with a 501(c)3 or 501(c)4 status it is eligible to apply.
Thank you to all the groups that took the time to apply for the 2020 program. Letters annoucing the 2020 receipents were mailed out on 10/7/19. The selected groups are also listed below. If your organization was not choosen please do not hesistate to apply for the 2021 program.
Watch here for us to annouce the opening of the 2021 application process.
The October recipient is the Natural Harvest Micro Grant Fund:
- October donations will be collected for the NHFC Micro Grant Fund. Your donations will be used to help subsidize the annual costs for our local farmers who supply your Co-op with fresh produce seasonally. The funds will directly support local farmers by providing microgrant funding to assist with expanding their operations. These microgrants are intended to help achieve the production of high-quality, sustainably grown food and increase overall access to local, healthy food for all of our community members.
October 2019: Natural Harvest Food Co-op Micro Grant Program
November 2019: East Range DAC
December 2019: Mesabi Humane Society
January 2020: Mesabi Outdoor Adventures
February 2020: Kids Kare Fund
March 2020: Quad City Food Shelf
April 2020: Dustin Damm Memorial Fund
May 2020: Bess Metsa Garden
June 2020: Summer Work Outreach Project
July 2020: Habitat for Humanity
August 2020: Sand Lake Shuffle
September 2020: Mesabi Symphony Orchestra
October 2020: NHFC Micro Grant Fund
November 2020: Veterans on the Lake Resort
December 2020: Care Partners