Community Outreach

At the Viroqua Food Cooperative we strive to be an active partner in our community. VFC contributes to our community by sponsoring educational events and local organizations such as:

Sponsorships are limited; requests must be received 6 months to a year in advance. Email us for more information.

 

Community Donations Program

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 bulletin board.

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 1% Wednesday donations).

Requesting a Donation

Please fill out the donation request form (link below) and return it to a cashier at least two 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.


1% Wednesdays

We donate 1% of the Co-op's gross sales on the second Wednesday of each month to one of the top nonprofit organizations selected by the Co-op Owners. We also place donation jars at each cash register to accept donations from shoppers throughout the month for that same organization. We contact these organizations so they can encourage their members to shop on 1% Wednesday, thus increasing the amount the Co-op donates. The advantage of this system is that it is directed by you, the Owners.


2016-2017  1% Wednesday Recipients

Thank you to our Co-op owners for participating in the 1% Wednesday donations program by turning in your donations ballot. Your vote counted! The following is a schedule for 2016-2017 nonprofit recipients.

July 13 Kickapoo Valley Reserve The KVR Educational Programs offer hands-on environmental learning opportunities that promote positive environmental values to people of all ages.

August 10 Valley Stewardship Network Works to protect the lands and waters of the Kickapoo River Valley through stewardship outreach and citizen action that result in healthy food and water for generations to come.

September 14 Vernon Co 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 12 Cooperative Community Fund As the fund grows, interest earned each year increases and allows VFC to give out more and/or larger grants to nonprofits and/or cooperatives in our community.

November 9 Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School A joyful education for head, hands and heart. Providing Waldorf education, preschool through 8th grade.

December 14 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.

January 11 KGAP Recruiting and financially supporting human rights observers from the Kickapoo region as they live for a minimum of 6 months in affected Guatemalan Communities.

February 8 McIntosh Memorial Library Member of the Winding Rivers Library System. Offering programming for patrons of all ages with a special emphasis on children's programming for youth ages 2-18.

March 8 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 12 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.

May 10 Passages, Inc: Safety and support for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors serving Vernon, Richland, Sauk, Iowa, Grand and Juneau counties, with a 20 bed emergency shelter and 24 hour crisis line. (800) 236-4325 

June 14 Vernon County Humane Society Stray animal care and adoption services. VCHS is funded by memberships, donations, bequests and user fees.



2015-2016  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


2014-2015  1% Wednesday Recipients

July 9

August 13

September 10

October 8

November 12

December 10

January 14

February 11

March 11

April 8

May 13

June 10

Bethel Butikk Food Pantry

Valley Stewardship Network

Vernon Co Farm to School Program

Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School

Passages, Inc (800) 236-4325

McIntosh Memorial Library

Couleecap

Alter-Ations

WDRT - Driftless Community Radio

Door of Hope

Vernon Trails

Vernon County Humane Society


2013-2014  1% Wednesday Recipients

July 10

August 9

September 11

October 9

November 13

December 11

January 8

February 12

March 12

April 9

May 14

June 11

Alter-Ations

The Ark

Bland-Bekkedal Center for Hospice Care

Kickapoo Valley Reserve

Bethel Butikk Food Pantry

Vernon Co Farm to School Program

WDRT - Driftless Community Radio

Valley Stewardship Network

Vernon Trails

Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School

Vernon Co Humane Society

Passages, Inc (800) 236-4325



Charlene Elderkin, Marketing & Membership