Viroqua Food Co+op Blog

The Co-op Spirit of Giving

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Sat, Nov 30, 2013 @ 09:05 AM

Cooperative Principle #7: Concern for Community

With the holidays upon us, it’s time to give thanks for what we have received during the past viroquafoodcoopyear, and find ways to “pay it forward.” We are thankful for you, our VFC Owners. We’d like to remind you of the many ways, through being owners of the VFC, that you have given back to the wonderful community that supports us all.

Throughout the year, VFC donates fresh food to: Bethel Buttik of Westby, Living Faith Food Pantry of Viroqua, St. Mary’s Church of Viroqua, Maplewood Terrace Daycare of La Farge, Little Tree Kinderhause and Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School Hot Lunch Program.

Additionally, during Fiscal Year 2012-13, VFC donated $8,102 to community organizations and NPO’s through our 1% Wednesday Program and other small donations. For a full listing, see our Annual Report FY 2012-13 that you received in October.

Since then, we’ve continued in the spirit of giving by hosting a number of events to raise money for community organizations and non-profits. For example:

  • Co-cycle Grill Out and Square Dance: On July 27, we partnered with Organic Valley and Organic Prairie to host a grill out and square dance in our parking lot. We raised $1,072 for Co-cycle, a national youth-led bike powered non-profit that educates others about the power of cooperative business.
  • 100 Mile Meal: On August 10, we partnered with the Driftless Folk School, Rooted Spoon Culinary and the Driftless Café to present the 100 Mile Meal Pop Up Restaurant Class and Fundraiser Dinner, raising $1,425 for the Driftless Folk School, a local non-profit that organizes and hosts educational classes to support healthy, sustainable communities and personal development.

When doing your holiday shopping this year, you can pay it forward by contributing to the food donation bins by our front door. This December we are also collecting non-food donations for CouleeCap. Every Wednesday, Jackie Rebman, the VFC Customer Service Manager, gathers all donated food and drops it off at Living Faith Food Pantry in Viroqua, where it is distributed to those in need. We appreciate any donation, big or small.

Another way to contribute is by purchasing a hand-carved wooden ornament by Bob Lake. Bob makes these beautifully intricate collector ornaments and donates the total purchase price to a local food pantry. Last year, Bob raised $750 for the food pantry by selling his ornaments at the Co-op. As if that wasn’t motivation enough to buy these one-of-a-kind holiday Bob Lake ornament boxdecorations—upon purchase of an ornament, you can enter to win a unique hand-carved box (shown to the right). Thanks, Bob!

In cooperation,
Bjorn Bergman, Outreach Coordinator

Tags: 1% Wednesday, food donations, donations, Couleecap