Community Donations

Donations are given to community organizations. Priority is given to local organizations and events involved in promoting holistic health, improving the environment, focusing on food and nutrition issues. We do not donate to fundraisers for individuals or families, but we are happy to post information about these on our community bulletin board near the restrooms.

We offer gift cards in the range of $10-$25 for use at fundraisers, meetings or other one-time events. We do not provide food or deli trays.

Our donation program does not subsidize partisan or religious organizations. Recipient organizations are eligible a maximum of twice per year (including "Give Where You Live/Round Up" donations).


Requesting a Donation?

Please fill out the donation request form (link below) and return it to a cashier at least 2 weeks in advance. Include a copy of your program flyer or any additional info about your organization.

To request a donation, fill out our Community Donations Request Form and email it to charlene.elderkin@viroquafood.coop or drop it off in the front office at the Co-op.



Give Where You Live!

Our Give Where You Live donations program allows our owners and shoppers to "round up" to the nearest dollar for the nonprofit of the month each time they check out. These organizations are elected by VFC Owners through a yearly ballot. 

VFC Owners may nominate a local community organization with a 501c3 status to be listed on the annual ballot. Nominated organizations must have missions consistent with VFC’s mission and Co-op Principles. Political organizations are not included. Religious organizations that offer services, such as a food pantry, may be included as long as those services are open to all community members and not used for proselytizing. Organizations with a low vote count are removed from the ballot until they are re-nominated by a VFC Owner.

To nominate an organization for the ballot, email organization name, one sentence description, and website to charlene.elderkin@viroquafood.coop by Sept 1, 2019 to be included on the 2020 Ballot.



2019  Give Where You Live Recipient Schedule

January Living Faith Food Pantry  Offers a choice program where each participant makes food selections within categories that best meets their personal needs and tastes. The pantry provides recipes and samples to help participants become familiar with the wide variety of produce that is seasonally available. They also offer many organically grown foods which substantially increases the variety of food distributed!

February Couleecap  Takes action to find innovative strategies to combat poverty. Couleecap helps people in need with housing, food, transportation, and more.

March Vernon Trails  Vernon Trails is a non-profit organization committed to developing and maintaining sustainable roadways and trails, while continuing to create access for human powered users.

April Community Hunger Solutions  Dedicated to increasing access to healthy food by providing food pantries with surplus fresh produce from local farms.

May Driftless Humane Society  Stray animal care and adoption services. VCHS is funded by memberships, donations, bequests and user fees. 

June Viroqua Farmers Market  Hosts more than 50 vendors each week, all of whom are within a 100 mile radius of Viroqua. These farmers, growers, bakers, crafters and artists are eager to tell you all about the products and goods they produce. Open May through October.

July WDRT – Driftless Community Radio  WDRT 91.9FM is a listener-supported and programmed, non-commercial, volunteer-run, educational radio station in the Driftless Region of southwest Wisconsin.

August Youth Initiative High School  Holistic Waldorf education for grades 9-12. Emphasizes the development of student responsibility, initiative, and citizenship in all aspects of school life. 

September Viroqua Farm to School  Integrates fresh, local foods into the school lunch programs in area schools while teaching kids about healthy nutrition and the path of food from farm to fork.

October Cooperative Community Fund  As the Viroqua Food Co-op endowment fund grows, interest earned each year increases and allows the VFC to give out more and/or larger grants to nonprofits and/or cooperatives in our community.

November Bethel Butikk Food Pantry  This community food pantry is sponsored by Bethel Home & Services, plus 18 local churches which provide food and monetary assistance to eligible families.

December Kickapoo Valley Reserve  The KVR Educational Programs offer hands-on environmental learning opportunities that promote positive environmental values to people of all ages.


 2018  Give Where You Live Recipients

Thank you to our Co-op Owners for participating in the Give Where You Live Donations Program (formerly known as 1% Wednesday) by turning in your donations ballot. The following schedule is a list of the 2018 nonprofit recipients.

January  2018 The Ark 

February  2018 AlterAtions and the CATsNIP Clinic 

March  2018 Passages, Inc 

April 2018 Driftless Humane Society 

May 2018 Community Hunger Solutions 

June 2018 McIntosh Memorial Library 

July 2018 Vernon Trails 

August 2018 Door of Hope 

September 2018 Youth Initiative High School 

October 2018 Cooperative Community Fund 

November 2018 Bland-Bekkedal Center for Hospice Care 

December 2018 WDRT – Driftless Community Radio WDRT 91.9FM is a listener-supported and programmed, non-commercial, volunteer-run, educational radio station in the Driftless Region of southwest Wisconsin.


2016-17 1% Wednesday Recipients

July 13

August 10

September 14

October 12

November 9

December 14

January 11

February 8

March 8

April 12

May 10

June 14

Kickapoo Valley Reserve

Valley Stewardship Network

Vernon Co Farm to School Program

Cooperative Community Fund

Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School

Bethel Butikk Food Pantry

KGAP

McIntosh Memorial Library

Vernon Trails

WDRT – Driftless Community Radio

Passages, Inc (800) 236-4325

Vernon Co. Humane Society

July 2017 Kickapoo Valley Reserve 

August 2017 Valley Stewardship Network 

September 2017 Viroqua Farm to School 

October 2017 Cooperative Community Fund 

November 2017 Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School 

December  2017 Bethel Butikk Food Pantry 

 

2015-16 1% Wednesday Recipients

July 8

August 12

September 9

October 14

November 11

December 9

January 13

February 10

March 9

April 13

May 11

June 8

Kickapoo Valley Reserve

Vernon Co Farm to School Program

Bethel Butikk Food Pantry

Youth Initiative High School

Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School

Passages, Inc (800) 236-4325

Couleecap

WDRT – Driftless Community Radio

Valley Stewardship Network

Door of Hope

McIntosh Memorial Library

Vernon Co Humane Society